Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

Support Public Access to Taxpayer-Funded Research: Ask Your Senators to Cosponsor and Pass S. 779

Access to federally funded research is the top issue on ACRL’s 2015 legislative agenda. Contact your U.S. Senators to ask that they demonstrate their support of open access to taxpayer funded research by cosponsoring and pushing for passage of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act of 2015 (FASTR). Ask the staffer who answers the phone if their boss is supporting FASTR. If they say yes, ask if that is a firm yes. If they have objections, ask if they can explain what those might be. Please take a moment to share what you learn with Jessica McGilivray in the ALA Washington Office, so that she can follow up. She will in turn share those concerns or supporters with the offices working on this bill and follow up with your Senator.

Summer 2015 ACRL e-Learning

ACRL is offering a variety of webcasts this summer to meet the demands of your schedule and budget. These interactive webcasts last 60-90 minutes and take place in an interactive online classroom; group discounts are available.  Full details and registration information are available on the ACRL website.

The Search for Meaningful Metrics: Scholarly Impact & The Role of Academic Libraries (June 3, 2015)
What are meaningful research metrics and how are they supported by today’s academic libraries?  Review the topic of scholarly impact measurement, including current trends related to bibliometrics, altmetrics, and research impact in general. Emphasis will be placed on major tools available to scholars and librarians, as well as special discussions, controversies and developments within the growing field of altmetrics.

Finding Your Role: The Subject Specialist and Digital Humanities (June 11, 2015)
During this webcast the co-editors of Digital Humanities in the Library: Challenges and Opportunities for Subject Specialists will give tips and suggestions for subject specialists interested in working with digital humanities projects, and give details on several case studies covered in their book.  Discover how to initiate, join, or improve subject liaison collaboration on DH projects.

Weed it and Reap: Successful Strategies for Re-shaping Collections (July 15, 2015)
Learn strategies for making successful changes in traditional collections, formulate ideas for communicating with your stakeholders, and transform your institution’s definition of deselection from “periodic weeding” to an “ongoing part of a healthy library ecosystem’s lifecycle.”

Librarians Collaborate! Working Across Two-and Four-Year Institutions to Teach Transfer Students Information Literacy Skills (July 22, 2015)
Learn how librarians at a university and community college collaborated to enhance information literacy instruction for transfer students. Ideas for designing a collaborative professional development workshop to enhance communication and design information literacy student learning outcomes at two and four year institutions will be shared.

Assessing Faculty Perceptions and Use of OER and the Implications for Libraries (August 19, 2015)
Learn about findings focused on instructors’ perceptions and experiences locating and using free textbook alternatives. Three major themes appeared: material accessibility, class preparation, and expectations for students. Using these themes as the framework for the webcast, discuss implications for librarians who want to initiate conversations on their campus about free textbook alternatives; create, or collaborate on, free textbook alternative grants; or assess existing projects.

Collaborating for Student Success: Libraries and High Impact Educational Practices (August 26, 2015)
This interactive webcast will provide a review of research on how high impact practices foster student success nationally. Then, using learning communities (LCs) as a case study, discover how LCs contribute to student retention and success.  Learn about strategies for partnering with other campus units to promote high impact practices and then use the results to demonstrate the value and impact of the library on its campus.

Complete details and registration information for e-Learning webcasts are available on the ACRL website. Contact Margot Conahan at for more information.

Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact

Meaningful MetricsACRL announces the release of Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact by Robin Chin Roemer and Rachel Borchardt.

What does it mean to have meaningful research metrics in today’s complex higher education landscape? This highly engaging and activity-filled book serves to introduce readers to the fast-paced world of research metrics from the unique perspective of academic librarians and LIS practitioners. Starting with the essential histories of bibliometrics and altmetrics, and continuing with in-depth descriptions of the core tools and emerging issues at stake in the future of both fields, Meaningful Metrics is a convenient all-in-one resource.

Chin Roemer and Borchardt provide information and insight applicable to a range of readers from those with little to no background on the subject to those looking to become movers and shakers in the current scholarly metrics movement. Tips, tricks, and real-world examples illustrate how librarians can support the successful adoption of research metrics, whether in their institutions or across academia as a whole.

This book is suitable for collections in all types of college and research libraries and for collections in schools of library and information science.

Meaningful Metrics: A 21st Century Librarian’s Guide to Bibliometrics, Altmetrics, and Research Impact 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; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Annual Conference

Join us for the SPARC/ ACRL Forum, “Advancing ‘Open’ through Library Partnerships with Students and Early Career Researchers,” at the 2015 ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco. Over the past few years, collaborations have been increasing between academic libraries and students and early-career researchers (ECRs) — specifically around the issues of Open Access, Open Educational Resources and Open Data. Although academic libraries often work directly with faculty members on “open” issues, there is a growing opportunity for libraries to engage with graduate students and other early career researchers, who make up the next generation of faculty members, and have the potential to collectively transform scholarly communication systems into fully open models.

This forum will discuss the benefits of working with students and ECRs and highlight how libraries can engage effectively with these important stakeholders by showcasing successful examples of collaboration. The forum will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm on Saturday, June 27, 2015.


ACRL announces new presenters for workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement”

SC workshop blockThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Katie Fortney and Anali Maughan Perry as the newest presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement,” which is offered to institutions across the country on an ongoing basis. Katie and Anali join the team of experienced presenters as collegial partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the popular workshop. Katie Fortney is the Copyright Policy & Education Officer for California Digital Library, serving the University of California libraries and their users. Anali Maughan Perry is the Associate Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication at Arizona State University Libraries.

“We’re very excited to welcome Katie and Anali to the team of presenters for the scholarly communication roadshow. Their policy expertise and experience working with scholars to preserve and provide open access to scholarship will be invaluable to the roadshow team, and will help to ensure a vibrant future for this important workshop,” said Chair of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Claire Stewart of University of Minnesota. The search committee, comprised of members of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and a representative of the current presenter group, was led by committee member Scott Mandernack of Marquette University.

The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop up to five times each year. Subsidized workshops for spring 2015 are: Friday, March 13, 2015, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC; Friday, April 10, 2015, at Tri-College University Libraries in Fargo, ND; Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Iowa State University Library in Ames, IA; and Friday, May 8, 2015, at Auburn University Libraries in Auburn, AL.

Stay tuned for more information in fall 2015 about how you can apply to host the competitive subsidized version in 2016. In addition, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year round.

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