ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication Releases Free, Online Guide
Washington DC & Chicago--The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) have published a guide to "Developing a Scholarly Communication Program in Your Library." The guide provides background information and outlines steps for setting up a scholarly communication program at your library and on your campus.
Scholarly communication initiatives can take many forms and focus on different issues, such as the University of California's innovative recruitment of faculty publications into its eScholarship Repository, the University of Minnesota's author's rights education program, or SPARC's student-focused "Right to Research" campaign. Whatever the issues particularly relevant to your institution, librarians can engage faculty members, students, and administrators to make a significant impact on the scholarly landscape.
This online guide offers both generic tools you can adapt locally under a Creative Commons license and examples of how these tools have been implemented at other schools. The guide provides you with help at your point of need, and leverages the expertise and experience of library colleagues everywhere.
The guide offers advice on the following stages of creating and managing a scholarly communication program:
- Establish Structure
- Build Knowledge
- Scan Environment
- Go Public
- Evaluate Program
- Learn More
The guide is authored by three experts in scholarly communication:
Kris Fowler, Mathematics Librarian and Physical Sciences & Engineering Library Collections Coordinator at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Co-Chair of the libraries' Scholarly Communication Collaborative
Gail Persily, Director of Education and Public Services and Associate Director of the Center for Instructional Technology at the University of California, San Francisco Library and Center for Knowledge Management
Jim Stemper, Electronic Resources Librarian at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities, and Co-Chair of the libraries' Scholarly Communication Collaborative
The guide is freely available online from the ARL-ACRL Institute on Scholarly Communication at http://www.arl.org/sc/
The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 123 research libraries in North America. Its mission is to influence the changing environment of scholarly communication and the public policies that affect research libraries and the diverse communities they serve. ARL pursues this mission by advancing the goals of its member research libraries, providing leadership in public and information policy to the scholarly and higher education communities, fostering the exchange of ideas and expertise, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the Web at http://www.arl.org/.
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products, and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning, and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at http://www.acrl.org/.
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