ACRL-SPARC Forum at ALA Midwinter Meeting on Community Alignment & Equity for Emerging Scholarly Infrastructure

ACRL and SPARC once again offer their popular forum on scholarly communications as part of the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA. The forum, entitled “Community Alignment & Equity for Emerging Scholarly Infrastructure,” will be held Saturday, January 26th, 2019, 3:00-4:00p.m., at the Washington State Convention Center, Room 615-617. As we transition more fully into an open system for communicating the results of scholarship, the decisions that libraries make individually and collectively about what and whom to support—and under what terms—will determine whether we meaningfully address inequities created by legacy academic publishing systems or simply recreate them in new ways. These decisions will shape libraries’ role in the scholarly enterprise, now and for the future.

This one-hour panel discussion will explore emerging models for supporting scholarly infrastructure that put alignment with community values and considerations of equity at their core. The conversation will include both the perspective of people who are actively working to build open, community-aligned infrastructure and research funders who are committed to supporting an open system for scholarship that prioritizes equity and the needs of researchers. Moderated by Heather Joseph, Executive Director of SPARC, this session will contextualize these models within the broader market for scholarly infrastructure and highlight the role of libraries in creating a future where values are prioritized over vendors. The panelists are:

  • Leslie Chan – Associate Professor at the University of Toronto Scarborough
  • Ashley Farley – Associate Officer of Knowledge and Research Services at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • Kristen Ratan – Co-Founder and Executive Director of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation

The ACRL Scholarly Communication Discussion Group meeting is a follow-up to the forum, which focuses on exploring emerging models for supporting scholarly infrastructure that put alignment with community values and considerations of equity at their core.  There are many such efforts underway or in the planning stages and there will be time to discuss only a few during the hour-long forum. This discussion group session, Sunday, January 27, 2:30-3:30p.m. at the Grand Hyatt, Eliza Anderson Amphitheater, will be an opportunity to further the conversations started during the forum as well as for attendees to bring up and discuss other examples of community-based action and infrastructure efforts and their potential impacts in scholarly communication.