Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

Closing the Loop: Evaluating Your Key Scholarly Communication Programs and Services

Many libraries have been operating scholarly communication programs or providing scholarly communication services for several years. We have identified what is important to our communities. We have thought strategically about what services we might best offer. We have discussed how we might organize ourselves to deliver those services. How can we maximize the impact of the scholarly communication programs and services we offer? How do we know we’ve achieved our intended outcomes for our target audiences? What tools can help us begin to measure those outcomes?

This half-day workshop, by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) as part of the Library Assessment Conference on August 7, 2014, in Seattle, WA, will provide participants with basic evaluation concepts and frameworks, introduce the vocabulary of evaluation, and suggest a step-by-step process for creating and implementing one’s own logic models or theory of change. Examples will be drawn from both the field of academic and research libraries and the wider nonprofit sector, to help attendees understand the broader concepts behind specific measurement tools. In the tradition of other ISC events, this workshop will emphasize active participatory learning and hands-on work. The session is appropriate both for those with some experience in program evaluation and those who are new to it.

Throughout the workshop, participants will have structured opportunities to reflect on how to apply what they are learning to scholarly communication program evaluation within their own institution, to share information and test ideas with other workshop participants, and to begin developing skills that can be used for program evaluation for activities in addition to scholarly communication.

As a result of attending this workshop, participants will:

  • Gain an understanding of basic evaluation concepts and frameworks
  • Become familiar with evaluation vocabulary and logic models
  • Begin to apply evaluation concepts to their own institutional scholarly communication programs

About the Facilitator

Catherine Brown joined the Chicago Public Library Foundation as its chief operating officer in 2013. She has more than 25 years of experience across the nonprofit sector in fund-raising, grant making, program design and evaluation, strategic planning, and internal and external communications. She created and ran her consulting practice Integrative Solutions from 2010 to 2013. From 1994 until 2010, Brown held positions of increasing responsibility at the McCormick Foundation, one of Chicago’s largest public charities. Prior to joining the foundation, she was the director of individual giving at the Lincoln Park Zoological Society in Chicago. Brown serves on the boards of Friends of Writers and the Center for New Community.

More Information and Registration

The workshop is being underwritten by the ARL/ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication and being offered in conjunction with the Library Assessment Conference in Seattle, Washington. Registration for the conference is not required to register for the workshop.

Date & Time: Thursday, August 7, 2014, 8:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Location: Seattle, Washington
Fee: $80
Registration will close on July 6, 2014, unless the workshop fills earlier.
To register for the workshop only, please send an e-mail to laconf@arl.org.
To register for the conference and workshop, visit the Library Assessment Conference website.

Call Legislators to Support Access to Federally Funded Research; FIRST Act Scheduled for Mark-up Today

From our colleagues at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), an important action alert about access to federally funded research, the top issue on ACRL’s 2014 legislative agenda:

The Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science and Technology Act of 2014, the FIRST Act, is scheduled to be marked-up in the House Committee on Science, Space and Technology TODAY!!! Section 303 of this current legislation would impose significant barriers to the public’s ability to access to taxpayer funded research by restricting federal science agencies’ ability to provide timely, equitable, online access to articles and data reporting on the results of research that they support.

However, Rep. Sensenbrenner (R-WI) and Rep. Lofgren (D-CA) have drafted an amendment that would dramatically improve the current legislation. It would reduce the original 24 month embargo period down to a 12 month embargo period; modify the possible extension of the embargo period down to six months from one year; and replace an 18-month delay while agencies develop a plan for creating a policy into a report to Congress in 90 days and implementation of their public access policies within on year.

ACT NOW: Please call members of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee NOW and let them know you support the Sensenbrenner/Lofgren amendment to Section 303 of the FIRST Act. Find talking points and easy access to the phone numbers of your legislators in SPARC’s action alert.

Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter Deadline Extended to April 29

SC workshop blockThe deadline to apply to be a new presenter for the ACRL workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” has been extended to 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, April 29, 2014. The day-long workshop, now in its sixth year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The dynamic and evolving workshop is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community.

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 summer 2014 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter.

Read full details about being a new presenter and learn how to apply. Questions? Contact Scott Mandernack, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7954. The date for notifying applicants of their status has been extended to  Tuesday, May 20, 2014.

Reminder: April 22 Deadline to Apply to Become Presenter for ACRL Scholarly Communication workshop

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 sixth 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 2014, 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 two new people in 2014, and applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, April 22, 2014.

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 summer 2014 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 Las Vegas, NV, on Friday, June 27, 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 summer 2014 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 2014 and begin teaching in 2015. ACRL will reimburse the new presenter for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2014 (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 Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 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 2014 and notify all applicants by Tuesday, May 13, 2014.

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

ACRL Continues Opposition to Section 303 of FIRST Act, Restricting Public Acces

ACRL joined 15 other national and regional library, publishing, funding and advocacy organizations in a letter to the House Science Committee expressing strong opposition over the language contained in Section 303 of the ‘Frontiers in Innovation, Research, Science, and Technology Act of 2014’ (FIRST Act). The language in Section 303 of the FIRST Act calls for access to articles reporting on federally funded research to be restricted for up to three years after initial publication, an unnecessarily long delay with potential harm to stakeholders who are not allowed access.

In the letter, the groups support expansion of the successful NIH policy and provisions that provide for:

  • Immediate deposit of articles to federally owned or approved repositories in formats and under terms that enable their productive reuse, including computational analysis by state-of- the-art technologies;
  • A maximum embargo period of six months, with the expectation that this maximum will be reduced over time to zero; and
  • An explicit statement of the terms of use applicable to articles to ensure that their full productive reuse is enabled – including text mining, data mining, and full computational analysis by state-of-the-art technologies.

ACRL’s legislative agenda includes increased access to federally funded research as one of our top issues. We encourage you to let your members of Congress know that you oppose language in the proposed FIRST Act to delay public access. Learn more, read talking points and take action.

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