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Open Scholarship Early and Often: Register to Join Community Conversation on March 22 at ACRL 2017

Register before February 22, 2017, for the latest Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication event, “Open Scholarship Early and Often,” to be held March 22, 2017, in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 Conference. Registration for the conference is separate and not required to attend this event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help drive a lively discussion with your colleagues about ways in which open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content.

Facilitators

  • Amy Buckland, Head, Research & Scholarship, University of Guelph
  • Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian, Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources–British Columbia (CAPER-BC) at Langara College
  • Jeffrey Spies, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Center for Open Science; Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
  • Ana Van Gulick, Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University

Format
A little more structured than an unconference but a little less formal than a workshop, participants will engage in dialogues around a series of pre-defined topics and our expert facilitators will ensure that the conversation remains on track and productive.

Takeaways
As a result of participating in this conversation, attendees will:

  • Understand the value and potential of a thoughtful approach to workflow in order to provide more effective access and integrate with other scholarship
  • Understand the strategic importance of investing time and energy into local institutional policies and be better prepared to convey this value to others
  • Be aware of key elements needed to plan and coordinate resources for sustainable implementation of open infrastructure
  • Be better prepared to negotiate the political and cultural atmosphere around open scholarship
  • Be inspired to ensure there is a diversity of voices and the entire community is included in conversations about open scholarship, which supports a sustainable open infrastructure
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and coordinated effort
  • Develop recommendations for local use at home campuses (on tools to use, conversations to have, how to build trust)

Event Details and Registration
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
Fee: $100. Registration fee includes morning refreshment and afternoon break. Lunch is on your own.

Registration: Register online by Wednesday, February 22, 2017. Registration for the ACRL 2017 Conference is separate from this event (and not required).

About the Association of Research Libraries
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org, Facebook at facebook.com/association.of.research.libraries, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

About the Association of College & Research Libraries
The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Institute on Scholarly Communication
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly sponsor the Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. The institute has hundreds of alumni from numerous events forming a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach.

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

Scholarly Communication workshopACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” The day-long workshop, now in its ninth 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 2017, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team may develop virtual programming, which may be delivered via brief recorded videos 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 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.

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 2017 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 at a road show in spring/summer 2009 – 2016).
  • Available to attend (in person) annual presenter curriculum design meetings, typically held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference or ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenters 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 Conferences), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. Each new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during spring/summer 2017 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. The new presenters 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 2017 and begin teaching in 2018. ACRL will reimburse the new presenters for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2017 (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):
    1. Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    2. What contributions have you made to the literature and practice of scholarly communication through publication of research or development of tools, model documents, and other resources?
    3. What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    4. Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    5. 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.

The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, to Paul Bracke, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at bracke@gonzaga.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 2017 and notify all applicants by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Paul Bracke at bracke@gonzaga.edu or (509) 313-6535.

ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop 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” as road show events in 2017. 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 2017 road shows are:

  • Council of Research and Academic Libraries (San Antonio, TX)
  • Portland State University Library (Portland, OR)
  • University of Delaware Library (Newark, DE)
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Lincoln, NB)
  • Worcester Polytechnic Institute (Worcester, MA)

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 access, emerging opportunities, intellectual property, and engagement along with deep dives into selected topics of greatest interest to each host community. Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. The workshop goal is to empower participants to help accelerate 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 this workshop and a variety of others that can be brought upon request to your campus, chapter, or consortia. Led by expert presenters, these one-day immersive workshops are designed to engage participants and help academic librarians strengthen competencies in multiple areas of concentration. Read more about ACRL’s licensed workshops and contact ACRL Program Coordinator Chase Ollis at collis@ala.org or (312) 280-2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

Keeping Up With… Open Peer Review

The latest edition of Keeping Up With…, ACRL’s online current awareness publication featuring concise briefs on trends in academic librarianship and higher education, is now available. This month’s issue features a discussion of Open Peer Review by Emily Ford.

Keeping Up With… is available on the ACRL website and each issue will be send via email to ACRL members. Non-members  can visit our email subscription page to sign up to receive Keeping Up With… and a variety of other ACRL awareness publications including the ACRL Update newsletter and table of contents alerts for C&RL and C&RL News.

ACRL is currently accepting topic suggestions for future editions of Keeping Up With… . Visit the Keeping Up With…website for more information or contact David Free at dfree@ala.org with questions or to submit topics.

Reminder: November 17 Deadline to Host ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop

Scholarly Communication workshopTo help academic librarians prepare to lead change in the scholarly communication system across campus and around the world, ACRL continues underwriting the cost to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” at up to five locations in 2017. 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 Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 5 p.m. 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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