Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Communication Workshop Presenter Deadline Extended to February 12

SC workshop blockThe deadline to apply to be a new presenter for the ACRL workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” has been extended to 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 12, 2015. The day-long workshop, now in its seventh year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The dynamic and evolving workshop is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community.

The new presenter(s) 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 Conference), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally shadow one workshop during spring 2015 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. (Spring 2015 workshops are offered as follows: Friday, March 13, 2015, at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC; Friday, April 10, 2015, at Tri-College University Libraries in Fargo, ND; Wednesday, April 15, 2015, at Iowa State University Library in Ames, IA; and Friday, May 8, 2015, at Auburn University Libraries in Auburn, AL).

Read full details about being a new presenter and learn how to apply. Questions? Contact Scott Mandernack, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7954. The date for notifying applicants of their status remains Thursday, March 12, 2015.

ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop Hosts Announced

SC workshop blockThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected four sites to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” as road show events in 2015. 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 2015 road shows are:

  • Auburn University Libraries, Auburn, Ala.
  • Iowa State University Library, Ames, Iowa
  • Tri-College University Libraries, Fargo, N.D.
  • University of South Carolina, Columbia, S.C.

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.

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 four 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.

SPARC/ACRL Forum at ALA Midwinter on Open Education Resources

Please join SPARC and ACRL for a joint forum during the ALA Midwinter Meeting on Saturday, January 31, 2015, 3:00-4:30pm, on the topic of “The Integration of Open Education Resources into your Library.” The program, part of ALA’s News You Can Use series, will take place at McCormick Place West, Room W183a.

Dialogue around Open Education Resources (OER) has been on the rise over the last few years and increasingly so from within the academic library community. Academic libraries are a natural fit to be leading in this space on campus, and this forum will directly address ways in which you and your library can enhance and encourage the development and usage of OERs on your campus. This forum will aim to address many questions including the financial implications of and cost models for OER, how library’s can be the creators of OER and how OERs are being perceived by faculty and students.

Forum speakers are:

  • C. Quill West, Open Education Project Manager, Pierce College District
  • Kristi Jensen, Program Development Lead for the eLearning Support Initiative, University of Minnesota Libraries
  • Shan Sutton, Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication, Oregon State University
  • Nicole Allen, Director of Open Education, SPARC

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

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

SC workshop blockACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” The day-long workshop, now in its seventh 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 2015, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team is seeking to develop virtual programming, which may be via brief recorded videos that would be 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 one new person in 2015, and applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 5, 2015.

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 2015 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 as a road show in spring/summer 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, or 2014).
  • Available to attend a presenter curriculum design retreat, to be held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, CA, on Friday, June 26, 2-5p.m.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenter(s) 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 Conference), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during spring/summer 2015 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. The new presenter 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 2015 and begin teaching in 2016. ACRL will reimburse the new presenter for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2015 (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):
    • Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    • What publications have you authored or presentations have you given (within the library or outside) related to scholarly communications topics?
    • What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    • 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.
  4. The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Thursday, February 5, 2015, to Scott Mandernack, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at scott.mandernack@marquette.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 2015 and notify all applicants by Thursday, March 12, 2015.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Scott Mandernack at scott.mandernack@marquette.edu or (414) 288-7954.

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers

Owning and Using ScholarshipACRL announces the publication of Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers by Kevin L. Smith, JD.

Copyright and other types of laws regulating intellectual property create an increasing concern for contemporary scholarship. The digital environment has created exciting new opportunities and possibilities for scholars to work and distribute their work. But these new opportunities also create issues that did not arise in the analog world. Owning and Using Scholarship demystifies intellectual property, and especially copyright law, for academic authors and independent scholars who face these dilemmas. It also serves as a comprehensive resource for librarians who are asked to assist with these new and challenging decisions.

Throughout the book a clear explanation of the law is coupled with concrete examples drawn from actual issues encountered by scholars. This balance of theoretical background and practical application is designed to appeal to both those who want a quick discussion of potential approaches and those who prefer to know “why.” In addition to applying this approach to copyright issues that arise for research and teaching, the volume also discusses the options and obstacles that confront authors wishing to publish their work in new environment. Explanations and objective assessments of the different options available for disseminating scholarship are provided to assist authors and other creators in making their own decisions about the best choice for them.

Smith is director of the Office of Copyright and Scholarly Communications at the Duke University Libraries and is both a librarian and an attorney experienced in copyright and technology law. He also serves as a campus resource on national policy in order to help the community stay informed and involved with the changing landscape of scholarly publication. 

Owning and Using Scholarship: An IP Handbook for Teachers and Researchers is available for purchase in print, as an e-book, and as a print/ e-book bundle through the ALA Online Store; in print and for Kindle through Amazon.com; and by telephone order at (866) 746-7252 in the U.S. or (770) 442-8633 for international customers.

Owning and Using Scholarship is also available as an Open Access edition on the ACRL website. 

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