Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Midwinter on Open Education Resources

Please join SPARC and ACRL for a joint forum during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 31, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm, on the topic of “The Integration of Open Education Resources into your Library.” The program, part of ALA’s News You Can Use series, will take place at McCormick Place West, Room W183a.

Dialogue around Open Education Resources (OER) has been on the rise over the last few years and increasingly so from within the academic library community. Academic libraries are a natural fit to be leading in this space on campus, and this forum will directly address ways in which you and your library can enhance and encourage the development and usage of OERs on your campus. This forum will aim to address many questions including the financial implications of and cost models for OER, how library’s can be the creators of OER and how OERs are being perceived by faculty and students.

Forum speakers are:

  • C. Quill West, Open Education Project Manager, Pierce College District
  • Kristi Jensen, Program Development Lead for the eLearning Support Initiative, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Shan Sutton, Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication, Oregon State University
  • Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

The forum will also include ample time for discussion with the audience. SPARC and ACRL look forward to seeing you there!

Apply to Become a Presenter for the ACRL Workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement”

SC workshop blockACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” The day-long workshop, now in its seventh year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The workshop content is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community. In 2015, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team is seeking to develop virtual programming, which may be via brief recorded videos that would be housed in the ACRL scholarly communication toolkit and/or through a live webcast series as part of ACRL’s e-Learning program.

We seek to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring at least one new person in 2015, and applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

Required:

  • A designated role in scholarly communications within your library.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.
  • Collaborative planning skills.
  • Must be available to attend up to two road shows to be offered in spring/summer 2015 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.
  • Available to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly one hour conference calls.

Strongly preferred:

  • Participation in an ACRL Scholarly Communication workshop (either at ACRL Conference 2009 in Seattle, ALA Midwinter Meeting 2012 in Dallas, or as a road show in spring/summer 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014).
  • Available to attend a presenter curriculum design retreat, to be held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, on Friday, June 26, 2-5p.m.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenter(s) will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. Serving as a new presenter involves participating in monthly planning calls, in-person design meetings (held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter and Annual Conference), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during spring/summer 2015 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. The new presenter will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters and team-teaching a section or assignment before taking a leading role. The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee will consider applicants who can only attend one program in 2015 and begin teaching in 2016. ACRL will reimburse the new presenter for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2015 (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals). ACRL provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all):
    • Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    • What publications have you authored or presentations have you given (within the library or outside) related to scholarly communications topics?
    • What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    • Are there videos that demonstrate your talents as a teacher?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your teaching experience.
  4. The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 5, 2015, to Scott Mandernack, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu.

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications. The process includes checking references and a telephone (or Skype) interview. The group will select new presenters for 2015 and notify all applicants by Thursday, March 12, 2015.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Scott Mandernack at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7954.

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

Owning and Using ScholarshipACRL announces the publication of Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers by Kevin L. Smith, JD.

Copyright and other types of laws regulating intellectual property create an increasing concern for contemporary scholarship. The digital environment has created exciting new opportunities and possibilities for scholars to work and distribute their work. But these new opportunities also create issues that did not arise in the analog world. Owning and Using Scholarship demystifies intellectual property, and especially copyright law, for academic authors and independent scholars who face these dilemmas. It also serves as a comprehensive resource for librarians who are asked to assist with these new and challenging decisions.

Throughout the book a clear explanation of the law is coupled with concrete examples drawn from actual issues encountered by scholars. This balance of theoretical background and practical application is designed to appeal to both those who want a quick discussion of potential approaches and those who prefer to know “why.” In addition to applying this approach to copyright issues that arise for research and teaching, the volume also discusses the options and obstacles that confront authors wishing to publish their work in new environment. Explanations and objective assessments of the different options available for disseminating scholarship are provided to assist authors and other creators in making their own decisions about the best choice for them.

Smith is director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at the Duke University Libraries and is both a librarian and an attorney experienced in copyright and technology law. He also serves as a campus resource on national policy in order to help the community stay informed and involved with the changing landscape of scholarly publication. 

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Owning and Using Scholarship is also available as an Open Access edition on the ACRL website. 

Register for ScholCommCamp Unconference at ACRL 2015

Join the first-ever unconference sponsored by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to be held Wednesday, March 25, 2015, 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., in Portland, Oregon. This collaborative and informal experience is right for you if you have good knowledge of scholarly communication topics and passion for library-led outreach on campus.

During this community-driven experience, you will come together with your fellow participants to share skills, learn what has worked at other campuses, and build plans for your library’s scholarly communication program throughout the day. You and your colleagues will set the day’s agenda on the spot during the first session of this spontaneous and timely event. ScholCommCamp will be an exceptionally productive day in which you define problems, create solutions, and develop plans so that you can improve your library’s scholarly communication program. Join us for this fun, lively day!

ScholCommCamp is being underwritten by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication and being offered in conjunction with the ACRL 2015 Conference in Portland, Oregon. Registration for the ACRL 2015 conference is not required to register for ScholCommCamp.

Facilitators
Our lead “wrangler” for ScholCommCamp is Amy Buckland, institutional repository manager at the University of Chicago. She will help participants develop ground rules, build the agenda, and provoke participation. Amy will be joined by Char Booth, director of research, teaching, & learning services at the Claremont Colleges Library, to help participants get the most from the day. We will add additional facilitator name(s) to the ScholCommCamp webpage as they are confirmed.

Registration
You are not required to register for the ACRL 2015 conference to register for ScholCommCamp.

When you register for ScholCommCamp, be prepared to tell us about yourself and why you are interested in participating, in 75 words or less. What do you hope to contribute and learn? This information will be shared publicly with all participants.

Register online for $30 (lunch included). Participation is limited to 100 people—first come, first served.

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The Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) is jointly sponsored by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. Hundreds of institute alumni form a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach. The ISC’s first signature event was an in-person immersive learning experience that prepared participants as local experts within their libraries and provided a structure for developing a program plan for scholarly communication outreach that is customized for each participant’s institution. The institute has supported additional professional development activities and also provides a set of shared resources. The ISC is on the web at http://www.arl.org/isc.

ACRL e-Learning webcast series: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Registration is available for the three-part e-Learning webcast series, From Awareness to Transformation: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in 21st Century Academic Libraries. This webcast series, organized by the ACRL Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy task force, will focus on practical approaches to building and strengthening connections between scholarly communication and information literacy in academic libraries.  These webcasts build on the work introduced in the ACRL white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment.

  • Webcast 1: Creating Strategic Collaborations – Starting the Conversations, Making the Connections, Taking Advantage of Opportunities (December 10, 2014)
  • Webcast 2: Designing Job Descriptions for New Roles: Integrating Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy into Library Liaison Job Descriptions (January 15, 2015)
  • Webcast 3: Is Copyright the Third Rail in Information Literacy, or a Common Denominator? (February 18, 2015)

These webcasts will provide content of use to a broad audience, from library staff who might have just begun these conversations to those who have already successfully addressing facets of the changing scholarly communication and information literacy landscape. Each webcast is related to the others but is also independent so you can do all three or just choose one or two that best meets your needs.

Complete details including webcast descriptions and learning outcomes for each webcast, and registration materials are available online. Contact Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or call (312) 280-2522 with questions.

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