Category Archives: Scholarly Communication

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!

Call for Presenters – ACRL Research Data Management Workshop


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ACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Building your Research Data Management Toolkit: Integrating RDM into Your Liaison Work.” The day-long workshop will be led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. This new in-person workshop will provide professional development support to librarians who wish to know more about data management. It is intended to assist liaisons and other librarians in identifying existing skills and mindsets that transfer to research data management services, and to then create a learning plan for the RDM specific knowledge needed to serve their subject disciplines and users.

The target audience for the workshops is subject liaison librarians, as well as other non-data specialists who are seeking to engage with research data management for the first time, or who have a very basic knowledge of research data management. 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.

Required:

  • A member of ACRL.
  • Conversant with the issues and challenges in the area of research data management, and scholarly communication issues and trends in academic libraries/higher education
  • 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 a roadshow to be offered in fall 2016 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.

Strongly preferred:

  • Prior attendance at an ACRL Scholarly Communication “Roadshow” workshop.
  • Experience as a subject liaison librarian.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.

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 and curriculum designers. The initial workshop curriculum has been designed and will be piloted soon. 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 2016/17 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 research data management issues 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 July 8, 2016, to Yasmeen Shorish, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee  at shorisyl@jmu.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 August 8, 2016.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Yasmeen Shorish at shorisyl@jmu.edu.

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.

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