Apply to become a presenter for the ACRL workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement”

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communications: From Understanding to Engagement“. The day-long workshop, now in its fifth 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 2013, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship.

In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team is seeking to develop virtual programming, which may be via brief recorded videos that would be housed in the ACRL scholarly communication toolkit and/or through a live webcast series. ACRL e-Learning webcasts are 90 minutes in length, including time for audience Q&A. Presenters can use PowerPoint, online polls, white board, and other interactive tools during the webcast. Participants can interact with the presenters via text-based chat or audio.

We seek to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring at least one new person in 2013.


  • A designated role in scholarly communications within your library.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience with instructional design and meeting facilitation.
  • Collaborative planning skills.
  • Must be available to attend up to two road shows to be offered in spring/summer 2013.

Strongly preferred:

  • Demonstrated ability to create brief recorded videos and/or deliver effective live webcasts in an interactive, online classroom environment.
  • Participation in an ACRL Scholarly Communications road show workshop (either at ACRL Conference 2009 in Seattle, ALA Midwinter Meeting 2012 in Dallas, or as a road show in spring/summer 2009, 2010, 2011, or 2012).
  • Available to attend a presenter curriculum design retreat, to be held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, WA, on Friday, January 25, 2-6p.m.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenter will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. Serving as a new presenter involves participating in planning calls, in-person design meetings (held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter and/or Annual Conference), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during spring/summer 2013. The new presenter 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 2013 and begin teaching in 2014. ACRL will reimburse the new presenter for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2013 (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals). ACRL provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.

If the new presenter is skilled at creating brief recorded videos and/or presenting live webcasts, this person may assume additional responsibility for working with other presenters to adapt existing content. ACRL offers e-Learning webcast presenters a 10% royalty of webcast registration fees, less the Elluminate vendor fees, split between the 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):
      • Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
      • What publications have you authored or presentations have you given (within the library or outside) related to scholarly communications topics?
      • What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
      • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
      • 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 Wednesday, November 28, 2012 (deadline extended), to Lisa Macklin, vice chair 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 a new presenter for 2013 and notify all applicants by Monday, December 17, 2012.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Macklin at or (404) 727-1535.