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Accelerating the Social Impact of Research (ASIR)

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The social impact of research, whether it is examining educational and economic disparities, developing new medications, or understanding environmental challenges, is a key component of higher education and research institutions nation-wide. Critical to accelerating this impact and advancing public good is the broad adoption of open research principles and practices, which have been shown to benefit the individual researcher through increased citations and scholarly impact, to spur scientific advancements, and to provide more equitable access to research. 

As educators and stewards of the scholarly and scientific record, research libraries have a significant interest in accelerating open research and scholarship on their campuses to support the institutional mission to serve the public and their communities. Research library leaders have a unique position on campus, supporting every discipline with services, expertise, collections, and infrastructure. To move forward together, ARL is piloting a six-month cohort program for members to accelerate the adoption and implementation of open science principles at the intersection of social impact of research and scholarship

The goal of this pilot program is to meet institutional needs for developing a strategic approach for advancing the social impact of research aimed at building and reinforcing institutional points of influence for open research practices. 

Presentations, Reports, and Other Publications

Ruttenberg, Judy, Shawna Taylor, Micah Vandegrift, and Cynthia Hudson Vitale. Accelerating Social Impact Research: Libraries at the Intersection of Openness and Community-Engaged Scholarship. Washington, DC: Association of Research Libraries, June 30, 2022. https://doi.org/10.29242/report.asirjune2022.

Project Team

  • Micah Vandegrift, Visiting Program Officer, ARL, and Open Knowledge Librarian, NC State University
  • Judy Ruttenberg, Senior Director of Scholarship and Policy, ARL
  • Cynthia Hudson Vitale, Director of Scholars and Scholarship, ARL

Participating Institutions

  • Johns Hopkins University
  • NC State University
  • New York University
  • Princeton University
  • Simon Fraser University
  • University of Illinois Chicago
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Texas at Austin

Blog Posts

Micah Vandegrift, “Info-Structure: Ssn 1: Episode 2,” Accelerating the Social Impact of Research blog, September 17, 2021.

———, “Defining Social Impact,” Accelerating the Social Impact of Research blog, August 18, 2021.

———, “Info-Structure: Ssn 1: Episode 1,” Accelerating the Social Impact of Research blog, August 6, 2021.

———, “Dispatch from the United Nations 2nd Open Science Conference,” Accelerating the Social Impact of Research blog, July 29, 2021.


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