Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

2018 ACRL Scholarly Communication RoadShow Hosts Announced

Scholarly Communication workshopThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” at a subsidized rate in 2018. Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is underwriting the bulk of the costs of delivering this proven content by sending expert presenters on the road. The institutions selected to host the 2018 road shows are:

  • Bowdoin College (Brunswick, ME)
  • New York University, Abu Dhabi (Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates)
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (Urbana, IL)
  • University of North Carolina, Greensboro (Greensboro, NC)
  • West Virginia University (Morgantown, WV)

Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. The workshop’s goal is to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system. Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system has been updated with a series of targeted modules that reflect the most exciting and pressing issues in the field today. The workshop focuses on the fundamentals of scholarly communication including open access, copyright, and library engagement, and provides an opportunity to explore deep dives into selected topics of greatest interest to each host community.

Host sites are partnering with other institutions and organizations in their area to extend the reach to as diverse an audience as possible. Library staff, including liaison librarians, catalogers, access services and senior management from two-year, liberal arts, master’s, comprehensive and doctoral institutions will attend the workshops. In addition to the competitive subsidized version, the Scholarly Communication workshop is part of ACRL’s slate of day-long RoadShows that can be brought year-round at full cost to your campus, chapter, or consortia. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org with questions or to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

Request for Proposals: Research Agenda on the Research Environment and Scholarly Communication System

ACRL seeks proposals for the design, development, and delivery of a new ACRL research agenda on the research environment and scholarly communication system. The final research agenda will provide an overview of trends, identify effective and promising practices, and delineate important questions where deeper inquiry is needed to accelerate the transition to more open, inclusive, and equitable systems of scholarship. This research agenda will be informed by scholarly literature, as well as by advances in practice and the voices of historically underrepresented communities.

The goals of the research agenda are to: a) provide practical, actionable information for academic librarians; b) include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in order to expand the profession’s understanding of research environments and scholarly communication systems; and c) point librarians and other scholars towards the most important research questions to investigate.

Work will begin in mid-March 2018 with a with a final document of publishable quality, 23-40 pages in length, due by December 4, 2018. Read more about project objectives and scope along with proposal specifications in the full request for proposals. Proposals are due by January 29, 2018, at 4:00 p.m. (CST).

Seeking Input on Scope for New ACRL Scholarly Communication Research Agenda

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) seeks community input on the scope of a forthcoming request for proposals (RFP) for the design, development, and delivery of a new ACRL Scholarly Communication Research Agenda by COB Friday, November 24, 2017, via a feedback form. A small working group composed of ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and senior staff will be seeking proposals from authors interested in investigating and writing a new national agenda on research needed in the system of scholarly communication. Applicants must address how a diversity of voices will be heard during the process and describe an inclusive approach to consult with historically underrepresented communities.

At this point, the working group would like broad community input on the proposed scope of the research agenda, described below. Your feedback will inform how we describe the agenda in the forthcoming RFP. Our current thinking is that the research agenda should focus on areas identified as strategically important in ACRL’s Plan for Excellence. We request input on the following excerpt of the draft RFP:

The final research agenda will examine important questions where more research is needed to accelerate the transition to more open, inclusive, and equitable systems of scholarship.The focus of the research agenda will be on discovering and implementing models for open dissemination and evaluation practices, and creating capacity to address issues related to scholarly communication. This research agenda will be informed by scholarly literature, as well as by advances in practice and the voices of underrepresented communities. The goals of the research agenda are to: a) increase the ways ACRL is an advocate and model for open dissemination and evaluation practices and b) include the perspectives of historically underrepresented communities in order to expand the profession’s understanding of scholarly communication systems.

The research agenda should clearly identify a small number of priority areas (6-10) where more research is required to effect change and accelerate the transition to a more open system, with background, rationale, and outstanding questions for each. Some potential priority areas could include topics such as:

  • Economics of publishing (including research impact and reward systems)
  • Expression of personal values in publishing choices
  • Commodification of knowledge and knowledge workflows
  • Library-led contributions to more equitable research environments
  • Intersectionality in research environments
  • Social movements as agents of intellectual priorities and innovation
  • The social value of scholarship as liberating and emancipatory
  • Tension between cultural representation/respect and research discoverability/access
  • Funder policies
  • Digital scholarship
  • Research data management

The successful researcher must take into account established investigation from recognized experts in the priority areas, once identified, but not to the exclusion of other perspectives. Of paramount importance, proposals must address how a process for developing this research agenda would be designed in an open manner and steps that would be taken to include meaningful consultation with representatives from historically underrepresented groups, in order to identify new potential systems of scholarship in areas which may have been previously overlooked. Proposals should explain how an invitational gathering would be designed to bring diverse voices in a room together as part of developing the research agenda. (Note that the facilitator for such a gathering may be different than the researcher/author).

While the person(s) selected to research and write the research agenda will be responsible for planning and carrying out the meeting, the working group will provide guidance while it is being designed. There could be some other creative mechanism, besides an invitational meeting, to achieve the goal of diversity and inclusion; proposals should explain the proposed alternate approach.

Please provide your comments and thoughts on the above scope by COB Friday, November 24, 2017, via a feedback form. The working group will consider all feedback and refine the RFP, which we anticipate issuing within a few weeks. The full RFP will include much more detail about the project, deliverables, and timeline. We expect drafts of the research agenda will be circulated for public comment while in process.

ACRL Comments to NLM on Next-Generation Data Science Challenges in Health and Biomedicine

On October 31, 2017, ACRL provided comments to the National Library of Medicine (NLM) in response to their call for information on next-generation data science challenges in health and biomedicine. NLM, the programmatic and administrative home for data science at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), sought community input in order to help it complement NIH’s efforts to catalyze open science, data science and research reproducibility.

As reflected in previous ACRL support for governmental policies and legislation that facilitate open access to scholarship and data and open education, ACRL is fundamentally committed to the open exchange of information to empower individuals and facilitate scientific discovery. ACRL’s comments to NLM covered these areas: promising directions for new data science research in the context of human health and disease; promising directions for new initiatives relating to open science and research reproducibility; and promising directions for workforce development and new partnerships.

Read more in ACRL’s full comments to NLM.

2018 ACRL Scholarly Communication RoadShow Applications

Scholarly Communication workshopAcademic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. Whether helping researchers meet their funder’s mandates for public access and data sharing, guiding responsible copyright practice, or supporting new types of scholarship and instruction, librarians are leading change across campus and around the world. ACRL empowers our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system with its popular workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” To emphasize scholarly communication’s critical importance to the profession, ACRL is once again underwriting the cost to bring this workshop to five locations in 2018.

With newly updated content, this day-long workshop, led by two expert presenters, offers a series of targeted modules that reflect the most exciting and pressing issues in the field today. Participants will engage in a structured interactive program that focuses on themes of access, emerging opportunities, intellectual property, and engagement. Selected hosts will be asked to choose topics that are of greatest interest to their communities so that the expert presenters can offer a deep dive into the following specific areas:

  • Copyright in Making and Sharing Scholarship
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Library-Based Publishing
  • Measuring Research Impact
  • Meeting Funder Mandates
  • Open Education
  • Outreach and Programming
  • Research Data Management

This program is offered using a cost-sharing model where ACRL covers the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop, leaving a cost of only $2,000 for successful host institutions. The application to host is now available. Apply by Friday, November 17, 2017, at 5pm Central. See the workshop webpage for full details and FAQs about applying to host the subsidized version of the workshop.

In addition to the competitive subsidized version, the Scholarly Communication workshop is part of ACRL’s slate of day-long RoadShows that can be brought year-round at full cost to your campus, chapter, or consortia. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org with questions or to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

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