Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop Hosts Announced

SC workshop blockThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” as road show events in 2016. 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 2016 road shows are:

  • Association of College & Research Libraries, Maryland Chapter, Baltimore, MD
  • College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA
  • Georgia College & State University, Milledgeville, GA
  • University of California, Berkeley, Berkeley, CA
  • University of Missouri, Columbia, MO

Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system supports individual or institutional strategic planning and action. The workshop focuses on access, emerging opportunities, intellectual property, and engagement. It is intended to provide a foundational understanding for participants and serve as a catalyst for action to help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system.

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 offering a partial subsidy on a competitive basis to these five hosts, ACRL offers the option of bringing this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round. Read more about how to bring this workshop to your region.

ALA, ACRL Submit Comments to Dept. of Ed on Open Licensing

Today, ALA and ACRL submitted joint comments applauding the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed rule for “Open Licensing Requirement for Direct Grant Programs” (proposed § 3474.20) which would amend regulations so that all Department grantees who are awarded direct competitive grant funds are required to openly license content to the public. We have long supported initiatives that seek to make federally funded research openly accessible to the public. Earlier this year, ACRL joined in a letter calling on the White House to open up access to federally funded educational resources. The Department’s proposed rule is an important step towards making curricular resources more readily accessible to our campus communities.

Speakers named for SPARC-ACRL Forum at ALA Midwinter Meeting

SPARC and ACRL once again offer their popular forum as part of the ALA Midwinter meeting. “Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: How Libraries Can Make It All Work” will be held Saturday, January 9, 2016, 3:00 – 4:30pm, at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, Room 253 C. Speakers have recently been named and are:

  • Jennifer Hansen, Officer, Knowledge & Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Barbara Pralle, Manager of Data Management Services, Johns Hopkins University
  • Claire Stewart, Associate University Librarian for Research and Learning, University of Minnesota
  • Neil Thakur, Special Assistant to the Deputy Director for Extramural Research, National Institutes of Health

Over the past few years, there has been a proliferation of high-profile funders announcing policies requiring greater access to research articles and data. From the White House, to the Canadian Tri-Agency, to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, these policies are now moving into the implementation stage. This brings with it both the excitement of a new era, as well as the daunting challenge of determining how exactly to make things work. This challenge is compounded by differences in the requirements across policies, and the ability of individual researchers and institutions to make sense of these differences and comply effectively.

This forum will explore ways in which the library community can be instrumental in supporting the compliance efforts. Along with identifying some issues and possible strategies, the panelists will discuss services that are being, or have been created or expanded, to help address some of the issues that have been raised. We hope to provide you with some practical ideas that you will be able to take back and implement at your institution.

ACRL Selects New Curriculum Designer/Presenters

ACRL has selected four curriculum designer/presenters to create new professional development offerings in two important areas. For Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy, a review team selected Maryam Fakouri, ‎intellectual property librarian at Columbia College in Chicago, and John Watts, undergraduate learning librarian at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas. For Research Data Management, a review team selected Abigail Goben, information services librarian at University of Illinois-Chicago Health Sciences Library, and Megan Sapp Nelson, associate professor of library sciences at Purdue University.

“I am delighted to have Maryam, John, Abigail, and Megan leading the charge to support ACRL members as they innovate, lead, grow, and succeed as part of the academic community. Thanks to their creativity and hard work in creating new professional development, more librarians will be prepared to lead collaborative efforts on campus with colleagues outside the library,” said ACRL President Ann Campion Riley, acting director at the University of Missouri Libraries. “Each review team had a large and strong applicant pool, and it is gratifying to know there are so many talented individuals willing to contribute to the greater good.”

Each team will plan, develop, and deliver learning experiences for ACRL, including face-to-face and virtual learning intended to build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues and projects of campus-wide interest.

The face-to-face workshops will be offered as “roadshows” as with the existing ACRL Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement workshops. The new offerings will be available upon request on a licensed basis starting in summer 2016.

Online offerings will be part of ACRL’s regular e-Learning program and could include multi-week asynchronous courses and topical webcasts of 60-90 minutes each in an interactive online classroom. The first webinar for each area will be presented in spring 2016.

Reminder: November 10 Deadline to Host ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop

SC workshop block To help empower our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system, ACRL is once again taking its popular workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement” on the road in 2016. The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the road show for up to five locations, and the cost for successful host institutions is $2,000. Apply by Tuesday, November 10, 2015, at 5pm Central.

In addition to the competitive subsidized version, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round.

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