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Open Scholarship Early and Often: A Community Conversation on Increasing Openness

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 @ 8:30 am3:30 pm


During this active community-driven conversation, offered in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 Conference by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication, participants will explore ways in which open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content (including scholarship, data, and educational resources).

Who should attend?

Academic librarians at all types of colleges and universities with an interest in open scholarship will have valuable perspectives to contribute to this conversation. We also welcome and encourage people from libraries who work in IT, metadata, and who have interest in research workflows. Experienced professionals and people who are new to these issues can be equally engaged in this community conversation. If you haven’t been involved before, now is the time. Your contributions are essential to shaping the future of scholarship and academia!


  • Amy Buckland, Head, Research & Scholarship, McLaughlin Library, University of Guelph
  • Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Jeffrey Spies, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Center for Open Science; Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
  • Stephen Spong, Copyright Services Librarian, Centennial College
  • Ana Van Gulick, Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University

Background Reading

Rachel Frick
Supporting Open Scholarship is not free. A strong community is key for sustainable, long-term efforts.  This breakout group will discuss strategies to develop community support of open scholarship business models and how business planning should be integrated into the development of an Open Scholarship service.

Jeff Spies
In terms of topics, I’m always happy to discuss open infrastructure, technology and respecting/creating incentives, the value of focusing on workflow to increase openness and close the gap between scholarly values and practices, the value of workflow integration to increase the efficacy of scholarly tools and services, how openness fosters diversity, how openness combats lock-in, and why it’s important that we invest in open.

Anna Van Gulick
As a librarian, how can you help researchers make their workflows more open without adding pain points to their research process? What tools for open research and scholarship can you recommend and support? How do you customize an open workflow to a discipline or methodology? Present openness as an asset not a hurdle, tailor tools and processes for a particular group or project, and be an ally in make research more efficient, reproducible, discoverable, and resuable.

Stephen Spong
Are library-created and/or hosted materials tested for usability with assistive devices? If so, what is the standard/benchmark? Does your library or institution have dedicated policies/workflows/individuals related to accessibility and accomodation? Is knowledge about accessibilty widely disseminated at your institution or is it concentrated in a single point person(s)?

Event details:

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center, Room 316
Fee: $100. Registration fee includes morning refreshment and afternoon break. Lunch is on your own.
Registration: Register online by Monday, February 27, 2017. Registration for the ACRL 2017 Conference is separate from this event (and not required).

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Wednesday, March 22, 2017
8:30 am – 3:30 pm


Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
1 W Pratt Street
Baltimore, MD 21201