Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

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 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 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.

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.

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