Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

Upcoming ACRL webcast – Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom

Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom
ACRL e-Learning Webcast

August 5, 2014
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Description: Information literacy and scholarly communication librarians are working together to create avenues for increased collaboration in the classroom. The Framework for Information Literacy and the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy white paper, plus continuing task force work within ACRL, demonstrates progress towards aligning scholarly communication education within undergraduate and graduate student information literacy outreach. This webcast will focus on how librarians can integrate copyright into the classroom with undergraduate and graduate students to raise awareness of not only ethically using others’ work, but also how to consider their rights and responsibilities as creators and copyright holders of their own work.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Share strategies for discussing copyright with students in order to build instructional literacy for librarians.
  • Contextualize copyright and Creative Commons licenses within information literacy instruction in order to increase professional knowledge about scholarly communication.
  • Raise awareness of different options for sharing scholarship and creative activity among librarians in order to close the loop in information literacy instruction.

Presenter(s): Stephanie Davis-Kahl, Scholarly Communications Librarian/Associate Professor, Illinois Wesleyan University; Molly Keener, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Wake Forest University

Complete details and registration materials are online at

If you have a question about an e-Learning opportunity or need technical assistance, please contact Margot Conahan (

ACRL announces new presenters for workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement”

SC workshop blockThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Amy Buckland, Jenny Oleen, and Jaron Porciello as the newest presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement,” which is offered to institutions across the country on an ongoing basis. Amy, Jenny, and Jaron join the team of experienced presenters as collegial partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the popular workshop. Amy Buckland is Coordinator, Scholarly Communications, McGill University; Jenny Oleen is Scholarly Communication Librarian, Western Washington University; and Jaron Porciello is Digital Scholarship Initiatives Coordinator, Digital Scholarship and Preservation Services, Cornell University.

“We are very pleased to have three new presenters, Amy, Jaron, and Jenny, join ACRL’s scholarly communication workshop “roadshow” team of presenters. This is a valued workshop for the library community, which has evolved to meet the changing needs of the community and the changing nature of scholarly communication. I’m confident these new presenters will contribute to the continued success of the roadshow, bringing new energy and ideas,” said Chair of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Lisa Macklin of Emory University. The search committee, comprised of members of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and a representative of the current presenter group, was led by committee member Scott Mandernack of Marquette University.

The program continues its cost-sharing model as ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop five times each year. Stay tuned for more information in fall 2014 about how you can apply to host the competitive subsidized version. In addition, you may bring this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year round.

New this year, the presenter team is developing virtual programming through live webcasts as part of ACRL’s e-Learning program. Register now for their first webcast, Cultivating Creators: Copyright in the Information Literacy Classroom, offered August 5, 2014.

SPARC and ACRL Announce Speakers for 2014 Forum in Las Vegas, NV

Please join SPARC and ACRL for a joint forum during the ALA Annual Conference on Saturday, June 28, 2014, from 3:00-4:30pm on the topic of “Evaluating the Quality of Open Access Content.” The program will take place at Bally’s Las Vegas – Skyview 5.

Our community has worked hard to make a growing number of resources open, from journal articles, to textbooks, to datasets. While this has resulted in a robust body of open content, one question that commonly arises is “How do I determine the quality of this content?”

New strategies for assessing the quality of open content are emerging from different quarters. These strategies range from new methods of peer review, such as open peer-review or post publication peer-review; new methods of measuring impact, such as alternative metrics; and new forms of annotation, such as data set annotation and open comments on publications.

This forum will explore the challenges and opportunities of evaluating open content, across disciplines and across resources types, while identifying promising pathways to identify and use quality open content.

We are pleased to announce our featured speakers:

  • Brian Bot, Senior Scientist, sage Bionetworks
  • Korey Jackson, Gray Family Chair for Innovative Library Services, Oregon State University
  • Kristen Ratan, Chief Publications and Products Officer, Public Library of Science

The forum will also include ample time for discussion with the audience – SPARC and ACRL look forward to seeing you there!

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
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.

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