Category Archives: Scholarly Publishing

AAUP Recommendations for Successful Press-Library Collaborations

The Library Relations Committee of the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) has released the results of extensive surveying and interviews with member institutions of both AAUP and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), conducted in 2012-2013.

AAUP’s conclusions and recommendations for successful collaboration between presses and libraries can be found on their website, along with a full length report.

Partnerships between University Libraries and Presses

Library Journal’s article on partnerships between university libraries and presses highlights work being done at Purdue University, Dartmouth University and Amherst University as examples of a possible future model for scholarly publishing.

Meredith Farkas blogs on Open Access and the tenure track

Meredith Farkas links to her recent article “Library Faculty and Instructional Assessment” from the latest issue of Collaborative Librarianship in her October 23, 2013 blog post “Opening up knowledge on the tenure track“. The post is a thoughtful reflection on the current state of publishing and how it impacts the decision making of tenure track librarians.

Research Data Collaborative launched at Harvard Library

Harvard Staff to launch program offering training and workshops on topics including data security, storage, archiving, preservation and curation.

The intersection of IL and Scholarly Communication needs collaboration

This book just came out.  Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication is published by the Association of College and Research Libraries and edited by Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Merinda Kaye Hensley.

Most of this book was also published as an Open Access PDF version. (Note: this online edition, for reasons of permission, lacks Chapter 2 of the print edition.)

Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication presents concepts, experiments, collaborations, and strategies at the crossroads of the fields of scholarly communication and information literacy. The seventeen essays and interviews in this volume engage ideas and describe vital partnerships that enrich both information literacy and scholarly communication programs within institutions of higher education. Contributions address core scholarly communication topics such as open access, copyright, authors’ rights, the social and economic factors of publishing, and scholarly publishing through the lens of information literacy. This volume is appropriate for all university and college libraries and for library and information school collections.

Scholarly communication, collections, and collaboration

The Collection Management Section of ALCTS and the ACRL Science and Technology Section are hosting a forum at ALA Midwinter:

Title: Scholarly Communication and Collections: From Crisis to Creative Response
Date: Sunday, January 27, 2012
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Location: Renaissance Seattle Hotel – Compass South Room

Over the past decade, consolidation of the publishing industry, accompanied by unsustainable pricing models has created a crisis in scholarly communication that affects universities, libraries, faculty, and students. Nationally and internationally, libraries are being forced to decrease access to scholarly publishing due to increasing journal costs and declining budgets. In response, libraries and scholars have taken a leadership role in the area of open access to deal with the crisis and attempt to make the current model more sustainable. As libraries continue to lead open access efforts, it is important to educate librarians on the issues of scholarly communication so they can collaborate with faculty and become a part of an effective scholarly communication program. In addition, it is vital for libraries to have a formalized strategy to incorporate open access into collection development policies and activities to continue this momentum. The ALCTS Collection Management Section and the ACRL Science and Technology Section are co-sponsoring a Forum to discuss these issues.

Speakers include:
Robin Champeiux – Oregon Health Sciences University
Lori Critz – Georgia Institute of Technology

Library & Scholarly Society Partnerships

Jason Baird Jackson wrote this post, “Another World is Possible: Open Folklore as Library-Scholarly Society Partnership,” on his Shreds and Patches blog.  Here is a slice of the post.

Building upon shared values, facing common problems, and recognizing new opportunities, partnerships linking scholars, scholarly societies, and research libraries are a particularly hopeful development in the changing scholarly communication system. In my remarks, and as an example of current possibilities, I will quickly describe the Open Folklore project and situate it in the context of the serials crisis, the corporate enclosure of society journal programs, the erosion of the university press system, the development of open source software for scholarly communication, and the rise of the open access movement as a progressive response to these changes. For those wanting basic information on using Open Folklore associated resources in your research and teaching, I urge you to visit the Open Folklore Portal site online and to consult the instructional screencasts that my collaborators and I have shared there, and on YouTube.

Open Science Summit

Save the date – October 22-23 in Mountain View, CA for the Open Science Summit.

Found this through Boing Boing.

ALA Session on Library-Press Collaboration

Looks like a good session at ALA.

You are cordially invited to the ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group panel discussion at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans:

Library-Press Collaboration: How do they work together to advance scholarly communication?
Date: Saturday, June 25, 2011
Time: 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Location: Room 245, Morial Convention Center

Moderator: Raym Crow, Senior Consultant, SPARC

+ James Mullins, Dean of Libraries, Purdue University
+ Kizer Walker, Director of Collection Development, Cornell University,
and Managing Editor of Signale: Modern German Letters, Cultures, and Thought
+ John Wilkin, Associate University Librarian for Library Information
Technology, University of Michigan, and Executive Director of HathiTrust

The panelists will discuss library-press collaboration from different perspectives. The topics to address include:
+ How does a library integrate and manage a university press as part of the library?
+ What issues are there when a library seeks to build a working relationship with a university press?
+ How does HathiTrust work with university presses to open up access to scholarly content?

There will be an open forum after the three presentations. All participants are welcome to pose questions and share thoughts about scholarly communication issues. Please join us for what promises to be an engaging and informative discussion on June 25th!

Adrian Ho and Sarah Shreeves
ALCTS Scholarly Communications Interest Group

Apply to become a presenter for ACRL workshop “Scholarly communications 101: Starting with the basics”

ACRL is accepting expressions of interest from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly communications 101: Starting with the basics.” The four-hour workshop, now in its third year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The workshop focuses on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication, open access and openness as a principle, copyright and intellectual property and economics, providing a foundational understanding for attendees.

We seek to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring one new person in 2011.


  • 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 this summer (Thursday, May 26, at Washington Research Library Consortium, MD; Friday, June 3, at City University of New York; Tuesday, June 7, at Academic Library Association of Ohio).

Strongly preferred:

  • Participation in an ACRL Scholarly Communications 101 workshop (either at ACRL 2009 conference in Seattle or as a road show in summer 2009 or 2010).
  • Available to attend a presenter curriculum design retreat, to be held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans Thurs June 23, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Serving as a new presenter involves participating in planning calls, participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. The new presenter will ideally participate in two 101 workshops during summer 2011. In the first workshop, the new presenter will shadow workshops experts and team-teach one section or assignment. In the second workshop, the new presenter will teach one module with the assistance of two experts. The ACRL Scholarly Communication committee will consider applicants who can only attend one program in 2011 and begin teaching in 2012. ACRL will reimburse the new presenter for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2011 (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals).

To make an expression of interest, please send the following materials to Jean Zanoni at by Friday, April 8, 2011:

  1. Your resume.
  2. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your experience teaching.
  3. A statement addressing the following questions (one page max for all four).
  • Why you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication 101 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?
  • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?

The ACRL Scholarly Communication committee has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider expression of interest. The process includes checking references and a telephone interview. The group will select one person to become a new presenter in 2011 and notify all applicants by Monday, May 2, 2011.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Jean Zanoni