Tag Archives: scholarly communication

Bunch of articles in the new C&RL News

There a several new articles that are about collaboration in the new College & Research Libraries News, such as these:

Get ready for a long night: Collaborating with the writing center to combat student procrastination, by Ilka Datig and Luise Herkner.


Tooling up: Scholarly communication education and training, by Maria Bonn

Scholarly communication programming and services can also be built through campus collaborations. Libraries can find aligned partners in campus publishing efforts, such as university presses, in the general counsel’s office and/or law schools, in media studies departments, in offices of research and, of course, in the scholars who populate their campuses and who are often keenly interested in the conditions under which they communicate and propagate their research findings.

Collaborations can also be built within the libraries themselves, by bringing together staff with expertise in a variety of areas into working groups or planning committees to define areas of need and to suggest and develop programming to meet such need.

And others.


National Archives and UVA release Founders Online website

“This free online tool brings together the papers of George Washington, Benjamin Franklin, Alexander Hamilton, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison in a single website that gives a first-hand account of the growth of democracy and the birth of the Republic.

Founders Online was created through a cooperative agreement between the National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC), the grant-making arm of the National Archives, and The University of Virginia (UVA) Press.”


Collaboration of Texas A&M and U of Texas for joint storage facility

Thanks to Gary Price for sharing.


The Texas A&M University System and The University of Texas System will celebrate the opening Friday (May 24) of their Joint Library Facility at Texas A&M University’s Riverside Campus. The 18,000-square-foot library facility represents an unprecedented collaboration between the state’s two largest university systems to provide joint storage of more than a million books and make them available for use by other academic or medical institutions.”

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

The digital public sphere

Jonathan Stray asked on his blog “What should the digital public sphere do?” and what should it be called?

Earlier this year, I discovered there wasn’t really a name for the thing I wanted to talk about. I wanted a word or phrase that includes journalism, social media, search engines, libraries, Wikipedia, and parts of academia, the idea of all these things as a system for knowledge and communication. But there is no such word. Nonetheless, this is an essay asking what all this stuff should do together.

I asked people what to call it. Some said “media.” That captures a lot of it, but I’m not really talking about the art or entertainment aspects of media. Also I wanted to include something of where ideas come from, something about discussions, collaborative investigation, and the generation of new knowledge. Other people said “information” but there is much more here than being informed. Information alone doesn’t make us care or act.

And much more.

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