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Register for “Open Scholarship Early and Often” Community Conversation at ACRL 2017

ISCIt is gratifying to see the growing number of academic institutions and private and public funding sources that now require open or public access to sponsored research publications and data. The library community has played an integral role throughout nearly two decades of advocacy work around open scholarship and it takes pride in these significant outcomes. However, the community recognizes that the tools, infrastructure, and services within higher education to support open scholarship have not kept pace with policy mandates. Now is the time to promote openness earlier and often throughout the research process by developing open workflow tools and by using open infrastructures.

During this active community-driven conversation, offered on Wednesday, March 22, in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 Conference by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication, participants will explore ways in which open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content (including scholarship, data, and educational resources). By integrating librarians into the research life cycle at the outset, librarians can be better positioned to raise awareness with key partners around scholarly policies such as open access. Improved communication around these policies would lead to more efficient, streamlined implementation of libraries’ workflows of institutional repository ingest and deposit, copyright consultation, and metadata curation, which in turn would lead to optimal discoverability of research results.

Who should attend?
Academic librarians at all types of colleges and universities with an interest in open scholarship will have valuable perspectives to contribute to this conversation. We also welcome and encourage people from libraries who work in IT, metadata, and who have interest in research workflows. Experienced professionals and people who are new to these issues can be equally engaged in this community conversation. If you haven’t been involved before, now is the time. Your contributions are essential to shaping the future of scholarship and academia!

Why should you attend?
Through a series of breakout sessions led by expert facilitators, you 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)


  • Amy Buckland, Institutional Repository Manager, University of Chicago Library
  • 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

Event Details and Registration
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
$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, Facebook at, 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 more than 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, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Institute on Scholarly Communication

The Association of Research Libraries 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.

ACRL Announces Recipients of Sponsored Scholarships to OpenCon

The ACRL Research and the Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) is pleased to announce the selection of Timothy Dolan and Michelle Reed as sponsored scholarship recipients to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC, November 12-14. Timothy Dolan is Librarian at Greenfield Community College, Mass., and Michelle Reed is Open Education Librarian at the University of Texas Arlington.

“Tim and Michelle impressed us with their passion for opening up access to educational and scholarly resources,” remarked ACRL ReSEC chair Amy Buckland, Institutional Repository Manager at the University of Chicago. “Supporting the active participation of ACRL members in initiatives like OpenCon is one of the ways we hope to put in to action the recent ACRL Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, by helping our community not only be advocates for OA, but by walking the talk themselves.”

OpenCon 2016 is designed to serve as a powerful catalyst for projects led by the next generation of scholars and researchers to advance Open Access, Open Education and Open Data. In addition to attending OpenCon, Tim and Michelle will be appointed for 2-year terms on ACRL ReSEC to build on what they’ve gained by contributing to ACRL’s scholarly communication initiative.

For more information on the ACRL Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, see the June announcement from when it was approved.

Apply by Nov. 17 to Host ACRL 2017 Scholarly Communication Workshop as Road Show

SC workshop blockAcademic 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.” Once again, ACRL is underwriting the cost to take this workshop on the road to five locations in 2017.

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 focus 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 Thursday, November 17, 2016, at 5pm Central. Find out more on the program website. 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, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round. Please contact ACRL Program Coordinator Chase Ollis at or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details. ACRL currently offers four licensed workshops that can be brought directly to your institution, covering a variety of topics including: scholarly communication, the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education, research data management, and the intersection of scholarly communication and information literacy. Stay tuned in 2017 for new traveling ACRL workshops on the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and assessment.

ACRL Releases Updated Scholarly Communication Toolkit

ACRL has released a new version of its popular Scholarly Communication Toolkit. The Toolkit has been updated with new and revised content and is now hosted through Springshare’s LibGuides. The Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), continues to provide content and context on a broad range of scholarly communications topics and offers resources and tools for the practitioner. ACRL and ReSEC tapped Christine Fruin, scholarly communications librarian at the University of Florida, to completely revise and redesign the Toolkit and migrate it to ACRL’s LibGuides. The new Toolkit now features sections on topics such as fair use, public access mandates, and library publishing in addition to more fully developed sections on open access publishing and repositories.

“When I was a new librarian ten years ago, just learning about the field of scholarly communications, the Toolkit was an invaluable resource for me and I am honored to have the opportunity to share my knowledge and experience through the revised guide with my fellow librarians,” said Fruin. “LibGuides is a platform familiar to academic librarians and will allow easier reuse and repurposing at other libraries. It will also aid the distributed editorial control of the site that ReSEC would like to maintain.”

Since its launch in 2005, the Toolkit has undergone several revisions and migrations. The Toolkit continues to provide links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentations, and videos for libraries to use on their own campuses, and for library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work.

“Because scholarly communications is such a dynamic environment, we like to maintain a freshness and vitality to the Toolkit,” noted ReSEC chair Amy Buckland, institutional repository manager at the University of Chicago.

The Toolkit is also widely used by libraries in conjunction with Open Access Week, an annual global event promoting open models of scholarly communication, which will take place October 24-30, 2016. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit is freely available online and licensed through Creative Commons. ReSEC welcomes feedback and suggestions for additions to the Toolkit through the link provided on the home page.

ACRL Comments on NSF Strategic Plan

On September 26, 2016, ACRL provided feedback to the National Science Foundation (NSF) in preparation for updates to its Strategic Plan. As reflected in previous ACRL support for governmental policies and legislation that facilitate open access and open education, including the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) mandate (mentioned in the NSF strategic plan) and the Fair Access to Science & Technology Research Act and Federal Research Public Access Act bills, ACRL is fundamentally committed to the open exchange of information to empower individuals and facilitate scientific discovery. In the comments to NSF, ACRL offered six recommendations to allow for research data and articles to be freely shared:

  1. Accelerate scientific discovery by encouraging the use of the shortest possible – or no – embargo period for access to NSF-funded publications;
  2. Improve the discoverability, utility and value of NSF-funded articles by depositing them in the PubMed Central repository, which currently houses more than four million articles from the NIH and six other Federal agencies in a standardized, machine-readable XML format;
  3. “Public access” is not “open access” – ensure that NSF articles meet OSTP requirements for enabling productive reuses – including computational analysis, and text and data mining – by requiring the use of a standard open license;
  4. The OSTP memorandum of February, 2013 speaks equally to public access to scientific publications and to scientific data in digital formats. NSF should improve the Agency’s accountability and transparency by requiring that data underlying NSF articles needed to validate/reproduce the articles’ conclusions be made publicly available upon publication;
  5. Incentivize NSF researchers to freely and quickly share articles and their underlying data through funding reviews and promotion processes; and
  6. Further improve NSF’s accountability and transparency by establishing a publicly accessible mechanism to track policy compliance results, including reporting on the number of articles produced from NSF-funded research, and how many are publicly accessible.

Read more in ACRL’s full feedback to NSF.

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