Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit Call for Applications

SC toolkitACRL is accepting applications from prospective contract editors for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit, an online educational resource maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee to support advocacy efforts designed to transform the scholarly communication landscape.  The Toolkit aims to assist academic librarians in:

  1. integrating a scholarly communication perspective into library operations and programs; and
  2. preparing presentations on scholarly communication issues for administrators, faculty, staff, students, or other librarians.

Required:

  • Membership in ACRL.
  • Demonstrated experience with advocating for positive change in the scholarly communication ecosystem.
  • Knowledge of a wide range of scholarly communication issues as pertaining to academic and research libraries and higher education.
  • Experience with creating and maintaining online resources on various scholarly communication topics.
  • Demonstrated ability to work autonomously with a tight schedule.
  • Available to provide updates during periodic conference calls with designated members on the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee.
  • Must be able to complete a revamp of the Toolkit by Sept. 23, 2016.

Strongly preferred:

  • Experience with the design and usability of online resources.
  • Ability to publish online content using WordPress.
  • Familiarity with the Chicago Style.

Expectations:
Based on the findings of a survey conducted in mid-2015 and the inputs from different parties, the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee plans to revamp the Toolkit so that it will continue to serve as a valued and up-to-date resource for the academic and research library community.  Specifically, the Toolkit will provide an introduction to select topics in the area of scholarly communication and connect colleagues with resources that are useful for their professional practices.  The contract editor’s responsibilities include:

  • Update and create content on six scholarly communication topics (author rights, digital repositories, economics of scholarly communication, open educational resources, research data management, and scholarly publishing)
  • Present information in an engaging manner
  • Review, select, and link to materials that inform and support librarians’ practices in the area of scholarly communication
  • Conduct basic usability testing and incorporate feedback into the Toolkit design

The revamped Toolkit should be available approximately one month before this year’s Open Access Week (Oct. 24-30, 2016).  ACRL will provide a modest honorarium to the contract editor.

How to apply:
To apply, please submit the following documents electronically as a single PDF document:

  1. A statement addressing the following questions (maximum 800 words). Please use examples of your professional experiences, including links to relevant resources:
    • Why do you want to be the contract editor of the Toolkit?
    • Demonstrate your knowledge of scholarly communication issues by discussing two topics of your choice in detail.
    • What experience do you have in creating and maintaining online resources?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of your experience and expertise.

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Pacific on June 20, 2016, to Steven Harris, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at stevenharris@unr.edu.  ACRL has formed a small review team to consider applications and conduct telephone interviews.  The group will select the contract editor and notify all applicants by July 19, 2016.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Steven Harris at stevenharris@unr.edu or (775) 682-5671.

RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage Becomes Open Access

rbm squareACRL announces that its special collections and cultural heritage-focused journal RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage became an open access publication beginning with its Spring 2016 30th anniversary issue.

This change in access policy lifts the online version of the publication’s current year embargo on new content and makes the complete contents of the journal from 2000 to the present, along with complete contents of its predecessor Rare Books & Manuscripts Librarianship, freely available through the publication website.

“I am very pleased that ACRL has endorsed open access to the online version of RBM while remaining committed to the print version of the journal,” said RBM Editor Jennifer K. Sheehan of The Grolier Club. “I encourage members of the rare books and cultural heritage community to continue supporting the print journal by subscribing, either as an institution or individually.”

The ACRL Board of Directors approved the new policy at its 2016 Spring Executive Session in April 2016. In its resolution, the Board cited the association’s support for open scholarship and access to scholarly work as the driving force behind the change. The move also aligns RBM’s access policies with ACRL’s general research journal College & Research Libraries, which became an open access journal in 2011. RBM will continue to publish in print for subscribers.

“The ACRL Board of Directors, RBM Editorial Board, and the staff of ACRL have listened to our members’ desire to extend our commitment to open access and promotion of wide dissemination of scholarship,” noted ACRL President Ann Campion Riley of the University of Missouri. “The move of RBM to an open access model completes the transition to providing open online content for our serials publishing program.”

Open access to current RBM content began with the current Spring 2016 issue, which celebrates the 30th anniversary of the journal.

SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Annual Conference on Journal Transition to Open Access

Join us for the SPARC/ ACRL Forum, “Flipping to Open: The Implications and Opportunities for Libraries as Journals Transition to Open Access,” at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Models for flipping journals to Open Access are an increasingly hot topic of conversation around the world. Libraries are helping to drive this change by supporting and hosting open journals, and the result of this conversation—and the potential transition to an Open Access system—will have serious implications for both the library and research communities.

This SPARC/ACRL Forum will examine how journals are making the switch to Open Access, how libraries are supporting this transition, and the implications of this evolution. Panelists will discuss the various models specific journals have used to become Open Access and how the change has affected the community around the journal. Most importantly, the forum will address the impact of this transition on libraries and what roles exist for libraries to influence the conversation and its outcomes.

The forum will be held from 3:00-4:30 pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016. Speakers include:

  • Emily Drabinski, Coordinator of Library Instruction at Long Island University-Brooklyn, and an Editor with Radical Teacher
  • David Solomon, Ph.D., Professor, Office of Medical Research and Development, Michigan State University
  • David Free, Editor-in-Chief of College and Research Libraries News/Marketing and Communications Specialist, Association of College and Research Libraries

Call for Presenters – ACRL “Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” workshop

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” The day-long workshop will be led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. This new in-person workshop is intended to increase librarians’ leadership on issues and projects related to scholarly communication’s connection with information literacy. The target audience for the workshops is academic librarians with responsibilities related to coordinating and teaching in the areas of scholarly communication and information literacy. ACRL seeks to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting experienced individuals to join our existing team. Presenters may also be asked to present webcasts or teach online courses.

Required:

  • A member of ACRL.
  • A designated role in scholarly communication and/or information literacy within your library.
  • Evidence of understanding of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy in Higher Education, the Information Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, and a wide range of scholarly communication issues as pertaining to libraries and higher education.
  • A deep conceptual understanding of the intersections between information literacy and scholarly communication.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.
  • Demonstrated ability to engage in collaborative planning.
  • Experience working in academic or research libraries.
  • Available to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly one hour conference calls.
  • Must be available to attend up to two roadshows to be offered in fall/winter 2016 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.

Strongly preferred:

  • Ability to observe the “Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy” workshop held in conjunction with the ALA Annual Conference on Friday, June 24, 2016 in Orlando, FL.
  • Prior attendance at an ACRL Scholarly Communication “Roadshow” workshop and/or the ACRL Information Literacy Immersion Program.

Expectations
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. The workshop curriculum has been designed and will be piloted at the ALA Annual Conference. New presenters would be expected to participate in curriculum updates.

New presenters will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters and team-teaching a section or assignment before taking a leading role. The new presenters will ideally participate in two workshops during fall/winter 2016 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. Presenters may need to participate in planning calls and/or in-person meetings held in conjunction with the ALA Midwinter and/or Annual Conference. Presenters must be able to participate in a training session, currently being created, for presenters of all ACRL professional development licensed workshops. ACRL will reimburse the presenters for travel costs for workshop presentation to include flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals. ACRL provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.

How to apply
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). Please use examples of your instructional experiences in your response including links to teaching materials, videos, etc.:
    • Why do you want to be a presenter for this workshop?
    • Demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy by selecting an element and discussing it in detail.
    • What experience do you have in developing curricula?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of your experience and expertise.

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, June 3, 2016, to Merinda Kaye Hensley, member of the ACRL Intersections Professional Development Working Group at mhensle1@illinois.edu. ACRL has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. The group will select new presenters for 2016-2017 and notify all applicants by Friday, June 17, 2016.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Merinda Kaye Hensley at mhensle1@illinois.edu or (217)244-1880.

New Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy Professional Development

ACRL announces two new professional development offerings focusing on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy. Developed by curriculum designers Maryam Fakouri, ‎intellectual property librarian at Columbia College in Chicago, and John Watts, undergraduate learning librarian at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, these programs will help build librarians’ capacity as leaders on issues and projects of campus-wide interest that involve scholarly communication, information literacy, and their connections (e.g., data literacy, intellectual property, open access, etc.).

ACRL e-Learning Webcast: April 7, 2016, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. Central – Teaching at the Intersections: Aligning Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy in the One-Shot Library Instruction Session

With the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education and the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy white paper as its foundations, this interactive webcast will provide participants with ideas and skills to develop pedagogical strategies that engage undergraduate students on a range of scholarly communication issues within a one-shot instruction session. Recognize the value and utility of a variety of lenses for articulating the intersections of scholarly communications and information literacy in order to inform your professional practice as an educator. Complete webcast details and registration materials are available online.

ACRL Preconference @ ALA Annual Conference: June 24, 2016, 12:30 – 4:00 p.m. – Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communications and Information Literacy

This half-day, hands-on preconference will provide participants with the skills and ideas to develop pedagogical strategies that reach students and faculty on a range of scholarly communication issues. Identify strategies for fostering dialog with colleagues and campus partners, identifying common interests and opportunities, and increasing awareness of complexities of the contemporary information environment. Scholarly communication librarians and information literacy librarians who are interested in partnering are encouraged to attend together. Complete preconference details and registration materials are available online.

Questions should be directed to Margot Conahan at mconahan@ala.org or 312-280-2522. Stay tuned for more information later this spring on how to bring a workshop on the intersections to your campus, chapter, or consortia.

 

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