Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

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.

ACRL Announces New Presenters for RDM Workshop

rdmThe ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Kristin Briney, Christina Chan-Park, Laura Palumbo, and Sarah Wright as the newest presenters for the one-day licensed workshop, Building Your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work. Kristin, Christina, Laura, and Sarah join the team of Abigail Goben and Megan Sapp Nelson as partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the workshop.

Kristin Briney is Data Services Librarian, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Christina Chan-Park is the Science Librarian, Baylor University; Laura Palumbo is Chemistry and Physics Librarian/Science Data Specialist, Rutgers University; and Sarah Wright is Life Sciences Librarian for Research, Cornell University.

“We are thrilled to have Kristin Briney, Christina Chan-Park, Laura Palumbo, and Sarah Wright join Abagail Goven and Megan Sapp Nelson as the first cohort of presenters,” said ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee Chair Amy Buckland of the University of Chicago. “Not only does this group bring a tremendous amount of expertise on a topic that is still new to many librarians, but the enthusiasm with which they have taken on their new roles will ensure these workshops are effective and engaging.”

The RDM licensed workshop will be offered as a “roadshow” along with the existing Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action, Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement, and newly developed Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy workshops.

The RDM workshop will be available upon request on a licensed basis starting in fall 2016. Bring the one day workshop to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year-round.

Contact Chase Ollis, Program Coordinator, at collis@ala.org with questions.

ACRL announces new presenters for Intersections workshop

The ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee is pleased to announce the selection of Emma Molls, Joelle Pitts, and Michelle Reed as the newest presenters for the one-day licensed workshop, “Building a Curriculum on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.”  Emma, Joelle, and Michelle join the team of Maryam Fakouri and John Watts as partners in shaping the curriculum and presenting the workshop.

Emma Molls is the Publishing Services Librarian at University of Minnesota; Joelle Pitts is the Instructional Design Librarian/Associate Professor, Kansas State University; and Michelle Reed is the Undergraduate Learning Specialist, University of Kansas.

“We’re very excited to welcome Emma, Joelle, and Michelle to the team of presenters for the Intersections licensed workshop,” said past Chair of the ACRL Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee Merinda Hensley of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.  “This next step in the Intersections initiative is really exciting – we now have five excellent minds coming together to promote learning for librarians on how to further incorporate scholarly communication into their information literacy sessions. I am really looking forward to how the curriculum designers expand the conversation in relation to the Framework and how it will impact these new professional development opportunities.”

The Intersections licensed workshop will be offered as a “roadshow” as with the existing ACRL Building your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work, Planning, Assessing, and Communicating Library Impact: Putting the Standards for Libraries in Higher Education into Action, and Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement workshops.

The Intersections workshop will be available upon request on a licensed basis starting in fall 2016.  Stay tuned for more information about how you can bring the one day to your campus, chapter, or consortia at any time year round.

Contact Margot Conahan, Manager of Professional Development, at mconahan@ala.org or call 312-280-2522 with questions.

ACRL Issues Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is pleased to announce its new Policy Statement on Open Access to Scholarship by Academic Librarians, which reads:

Scholarship by academic librarians advances the fields of library and information science, influences practices of aligned professions, and informs effective advocacy. In support of broad and timely dissemination of library and information science scholarship, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) encourages academic librarians to publish in open access journals. When academic librarians choose to publish in subscription-based journals, ACRL recommends a standard practice of depositing the final accepted manuscript in a repository to make that version openly accessible. The author should be responsible for determining at what date the deposited manuscript becomes openly accessible, taking into account applicable institutional or funder policies, as well as other relevant considerations. ACRL further encourages academic librarians to make other forms of scholarship, such as monographs, presentations, grey literature, and data, openly accessible.

It is also imperative that publishers of library and information science scholarship explore and implement publishing models to make their content openly accessible as soon as possible. Librarians who are editors, reviewers, and authors should assist with this effort by engaging with their publishers about these models.

Approved by the ACRL Board of Directors at their meeting on June 25, 2016, the policy statement was developed by ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee with feedback from members and the broader community then vetted by the ACRL standards committee.

“As our profession adapts to new roles and a changing academic landscape, it is timely to have an official policy statement encouraging academic librarians to model open access publishing decisions for their own work as they advocate for discipline faculty and researchers to choose open access outlets to disseminate their research,” remarked ACRL president Irene M.H. Herold, university librarian at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa.

“This is an important step in affirming widely-held values and norms in the profession regarding open access,” noted Shan C. Sutton, immediate past chair of ACRL’s research and scholarly environment committee and vice dean of university libraries at the University of Arizona. “More broadly, the policy statement could serve as a model for other professional organizations and scholarly societies to emulate in advocating for open access among their own members.”

Find the statement online with ACRL’s other statements, guidelines, standards and frameworks at http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards.

Join Next Generation to Shape Future of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data!

Join the next generation of advocates and scholars to shape the future of Open Access, Open Education, and Open Data!

Are you a librarian who’s passionate about opening up access to educational and scholarly resources? Keen on being part of a community that’s dedicated to and engaged in OA advocacy? Then OpenCon 2016 is the conference and community for you. Now in its third year, you must apply and be selected to attend OpenCon in person. (Anyone can attend remotely; satellite venues and other opportunities for virtual attendance will be announced.)

ACRL is providing scholarship funding for two librarians to attend OpenCon 2016 in Washington, DC, November 12-14. To be eligible for selection, just follow the OpenCon application process and instructions. If you are a librarian and have already applied, then great! If you are chosen to participate in OpenCon and are an ACRL member, you will be considered for an ACRL-sponsored scholarship. Your information will be conveyed to a group of ACRL member leaders for review and selection.

Besides the benefit of attending OpenCon, each recipient of the ACRL-sponsored scholarships will also be appointed for a 2-year term on ACRL’s Research and the Scholarly Environment Committee! Thus, if selected, you’ll have a chance to build on what you gained from OpenCon and contribute to scholarly communication initiatives that ACRL works on.

The application deadline is July 11, 11:59 PM Pacific Time. Apply ASAP and have a chance to attend OpenCon on an ACRL scholarship!

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