ACRL Offers Scholarly Communications Research Grants

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ACRL is allocating $30,000 in the 2020 fiscal year to offer grants of up to $5,000 each for new research in areas suggested by ACRL’s new research agenda Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future (freely available for PDF download or purchase in print). This program is one of several developed by ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC) to support our strategic goal that the academic and research library workforce accelerates the transition to more open and equitable systems of scholarship.

ACRL invites applications from librarians and information professionals seeking to conduct research that will contribute to more inclusive systems of scholarly communications. Proposed research projects should build on the foundations of the ACRL research agenda Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future and fill gaps in existing literature. The committee invites proposals using any investigative methods appropriate to the research questions. These include but are not limited to standard quantitative and qualitative approaches, as well as critical evaluations, case studies, reflective essays, and (auto)ethnography. Proposals that involve collaboration between librarians and other higher education stakeholders (such as institutional researchers, faculty, early career researchers, administrators, or students), community partners, or other participants in formal and informal systems of scholarly communication are particularly welcome.

Grant applications are due by 5 p.m. Central Time on Monday, September 30, 2019. Read more about eligibility, application instructions, proposal requirements, and criteria in the full call for proposals.

Learn about the research agenda Open and Equitable Scholarly Communications: Creating a More Inclusive Future in an American Libraries feature, Choice Authority File podcast, or Scholarly Kitchen blog post. Hear from the consultants and ReSEC members who led the creation of the research agenda in a free ACRL Presents webcast on Monday, July 15, 2019, from noon – 1 p.m. Central. Register in advance on the ACRL website.