ACRL Scholarly Communication Workshop Hosts Announced

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has selected five sites from 8 applications to host the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement” workshop as road show events this spring and summer. 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 2013 road shows are:

  • Pennsylvania Academic Library Consortium, Inc., Philadelphia, Pa.
  • Academic Libraries of Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Illinois Wesleyan University. Bloomington, Ill.
  • Council of Prairie and Pacific University Libraries. Edmonton, Alberta
  • University of Texas Libraries. Austin, Tx.

In its fifth year, when the 2013 workshops are complete, the road show will have visited 19 different states, the District of Columbia, 1 U.S. territory and 2 Canadian provinces. The 25 workshops offered over these years will have reached more than 1,500 participants from over 400 different colleges and universities.

“The goal of the workshop is to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system. The curriculum is updated annually to meet the evolving needs of the community, and it places a strong focus on discovering opportunities to engage with faculty and on campus that are appropriate to your local intuitional context,” said Kevin L. Smith, chair of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee and director of copyright and scholarly communication at Duke University Libraries.

Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system supports individual or institutional strategic planning and action.  The workshop focuses on access, emerging opportunities, intellectual property, and engagement. It is intended to provide a foundational understanding for participants and serve as a catalyst for action.

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 the option of bringing this one-day workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round. Read more about how to bring this workshop to your region.