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

Scholarly Communication workshopACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” The day-long workshop, now in its ninth 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 2017, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team may develop virtual programming, which may be delivered via brief recorded videos 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 two new people in 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.


  • 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 2017 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 at a road show in spring/summer 2009 – 2016).
  • Available to attend (in person) annual presenter curriculum design meetings, typically held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference or ALA Midwinter Meeting.

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. Serving as a new presenter involves participating in monthly planning calls, in-person design meetings (held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. Each new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during spring/summer 2017 and present a minimum of two workshops per year thereafter. The new presenters 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 2017 and begin teaching in 2018. ACRL will reimburse the new presenters for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2017 (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):
    1. Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    2. What contributions have you made to the literature and practice of scholarly communication through publication of research or development of tools, model documents, and other resources?
    3. What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    4. Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    5. 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.

The single PDF application must submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, to Paul Bracke, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at

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 2017 and notify all applicants by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Paul Bracke at or (509) 313-6535.

College & Research Libraries – January 2017

crl squareThe January 2017 issue of College & Research Libraries is now freely available online. Visit the C&RL website for complete contents from 1939 to the present and follow C&RL on Facebook and Twitter for updates and discussion.

Note: The November 2013 issue was the final print issue of College & Research Libraries. The journal began an online-only publication model in January 2014.


Wendi Kaspar, Jodie Borgerding, Megan Hodge, and Bill Marino. “PRIMO: Peer-Reviewed Instructional Materials Online.”


Krista M. Soria, Jan Fransen, and Shane Nackerud. “Beyond Books: The Extended Academic Benefits of Library Use for First-Year College Students.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Julia Skinner and Melissa Gross. “The ISSAS Model: Understanding the Information Needs of Sexual Assault Survivors on College Campuses.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Mark Bieraugel and Stern Neill. “Ascending Bloom’s Pyramid: Fostering Student Creativity and Innovation in Academic Library Spaces.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Bruce White. “Citations and Circulation Counts: Data Sources for Monograph Deselection in Research Library Collections.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Stephanie Pitts-Noggle and Ryan Rafferty. “Investigating Textbook Reserves: A Case Study of Two Models for Reserves Collections.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

John M. Budd. “Faculty Publications and Citations: A Longitudinal Examination.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Arthur Taylor and Heather A. Dalal. “Gender and Information Literacy: Evaluation of Gender Differences in a Student Survey of Information Sources.” Abstract | Full Text (PDF).

Book Reviews

Craig Aaen-Stockdale. Altmetrics: A Practical Guide for Librarians, Researchers and Academics. Andy Tattersall, ed. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. 224p. $95.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-010-5). Full Text (PDF).

Joseph Aubele. Barbara Allan. Emerging Strategies for Supporting Student Learning: A Practical Guide for Librarians and Educators. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. 178p. Paper, $75.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-070-9). Full Text (PDF).

Ryan Litsey. Reviewing the Academic Library: A Guide to Self-study and External Review. Eleanor Mitchell and Peggy Seiden, eds. Chicago: American Library Association, 2015. 352p. Paper, $66.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-8783-4). Full Text (PDF).

Michael R. Mitchell. Critical Literacy for Information Professionals. Sarah McNicol, ed. London: Facet Publishing, 2016. 172p. Paper, $95.00 (ISBN 978-1-78330-082-2). Full Text (PDF).

Mark Shelton. Lesley S.J. Farmer and Alan M. Safer. Library Improvement through Data Analysis. Chicago: ALA Neal-Schuman, 2016. 184p. Paper, $75.00 (ISBN 978-0-8389-1425-0). LCCN 2015046382. Full Text (PDF).

Laura Wilson. Marketing and Outreach for the Academic Library: New Approaches and Initiatives. Bradford Lee Eden, ed. Lanham, Md.: Rowman & Littlefield, 2016. 153p. Paper, $45.00 (ISBN 978-1-4422-6254-6). LC 2016000813. Full Text (PDF).

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.

Member of the Week: Beth Filar Williams

Beth Filar-WilliamsBeth Filar Williams is Head of the Library Experience and Access Department at Oregon State University in Corvallis, OR. Beth first joined ACRL in 1999 and is your ACRL member of the week for January 3, 2017.

1. Describe yourself in three words: Collaborative, restorative, hard-working.

2. What are you reading (or listening to on your mobile device)? I always have a variety of reads though I tend to listen to books most often (while walking, doing chores, gardening). I am really enjoying listening to someone I greatly respect and admire—Gloria Steinem’s story of her early years in My Life on the Road. I finished up reading The Design of Everyday Things, which is very relevant to my current service design work, and recommend this read to anyone designing services or spaces in libraries. I also just read the very short We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie based on her TED talk and recommend that quick read or video to everyone!

3. Describe ACRL in three words: Community, opportunities, engagement.

4. What do you value about ACRL? ACRL is like an academic library for librarians: offering vetted, useful, scholarly resources when you need them, help when you are struggling to find what you need, online learning options, the best academic librarian conferences, and most importantly a means to connect and network with fellow academic librarians around the world.

5. What do you, as an academic librarian, contribute to your campus? My role since February 2015 when I joined Oregon State University Libraries and Press is to grow a new department focusing on users’ experiences, bringing together circulation, the information desk, the building, learning spaces and the virtual library interactions as head of the Library Experience and Access Department. We are diving into wayfinding issues, user centered design of services, rethinking our spaces including collaboration with campus partners, and discovering other ways the library can best support our students to be successful.

6. In your own words: When I worked at the public library in high school in the Baltimore suburbs I swore I would never be a librarian (I am not going to wear a cardigan, a bun, and shush people! haha), but after stumbling into a library graduate degree program 20 years ago I knew there was no denying it was for me. By offering almost any resource imaginable and access to knowledge for people regardless of their privilege, class, race, gender, etc., libraries help creates the informed, equal access society in which I wish to live. Though I worked as a middle school librarian and a consultant, I found I kept drifting back into the academic libraries environment. I relish being on a college campus full of learning, creating, growing, with questioning students, constant new arrivals and those celebrating accomplishments, as well as being surrounded by educators and researchers.

Editor’s Note: Are you an ACRL member? Would you like to be featured as ACRL Member of the Week? Nominate a colleague? Contact Mary Jane Petrowski at for more information.

New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships: An International Symposium

The Center for Research Libraries (CRL) and its French (CIFNAL) and German (GNARP) international programs, together with French and German partners, invite proposals for papers, presentations, and posters to be presented at an international symposium. New Directions for Libraries, Scholars, and Partnerships will be held on October 13, 2017, at the German National Library in Frankfurt, Germany. Learn more about the symposium on the event website. Information about CRL programs can be found on the CRL website.

Themes and Opportunities

France will be the Guest of Honor at the Frankfurt Book Fair (October 11-15, 2017), making this symposium an unparalleled opportunity to gather library and scholarly communication professionals from North America, France and Francophone countries, Germany, and beyond. Special emphasis will be on digital scholarship in the humanities and social sciences; distinctive services or collections; practical strategies for facilitating learning and research; and proposals for partnerships. Scholars work in the global arena; academic and research libraries in Europe and North America share the challenges inherent in supporting and participating in teaching and scholarship. Collaboration, innovation, and international partnerships are necessary for an effective and sustainable infrastructure for critical inquiry and research.

Program Proposals and Submission Guidelines

Proposals are encouraged from library and scholarly communication professionals at all career stages. Successful proposals may address the general symposium themes of innovation, collaboration, or partnerships or be inspired by the related topics suggested below. Presentations or papers should be 15 minutes long; poster specifications are available at the symposium website.

Please submit proposals by March 15, 2017, for a 15 minute paper or presentation (about 2,000-3,000 words, or PPT presentation) or for a poster (A1 size or approximately 24” x 36”).  Use the submission form on the symposium website and include an abstract of 500 words or less. Notification will be by May 1, 2017. Final presentation drafts are due September 20, 2017.

The primary symposium language will be English.  If you need to present in French, please contact organizers to describe how you might provide translation into English, or to discuss translation options.

For further questions about posters or presentations, contact

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