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Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement

an ACRL Workshop


The workshop content will revolve around the themes of Access, Emerging Opportunities, Intellectual Property, and Engagement.


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  • Understand some of the basic economic principles that characterize the traditional scholarly publishing system and the effect they have on access to knowledge.
  • Enumerate new modes and models of scholarly communication and ways libraries and other stakeholders can support those models, including through open access policies.
  • Understand the potential that new collaborations and partnerships offer for access, advocacy, and sustainability.
  • Consider and reflect on alternative funding sources for scholarly publishing can impact global access.

Emerging Opportunities

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  • Identify and examine current models and programming that support “openness.”
  • Understand new technologies and methods to advance the creation, flow, dissemination and preservation of scholarly information.
  • Discuss growing movement towards alternative methods of measuring impact of scholarship.
  • Explore models that they might consider piloting or experimenting.

Intellectual Property

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  • Understand how copyright arises and identify types of material that are likely to be subject to copyright protection.
  • Identify the likely copyright owners of academic works and have a reasonable awareness of the rights attendant on such protection.
  • Be familiar with rights transfer and retention language commonly used in publishing contracts.
  • Recognize the impact that specific copyright management practices have on monopolistic pricing, impediments to access, and the stewardship of knowledge.


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  • Explore methods for discovering/measuring campus opportunities and faculty activity in open access, i.e., environmental scans, focus groups, etc.
  • Identify techniques to reach out to faculty, departments, students and research groups based on their needs and library strengths, opportunities.
  • Consider piloting or experimenting with new models for creating and disseminating scholarship, including alternative funding sources, on their own campuses.
  • Increase awareness of collaborations that exist to support new forms of scholarly communications and seek new partnerships that can advance progress in these areas.
  • Consider what next steps are needed to deploy appropriate programs or pilot projects using key principles, facts, models, and messages relevant to scholarly communication plans and programs in their institutions.