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Open Scholarship Early and Often: Register to Join This Community Conversation on March 22 at ACRL 2017

Seven Foot Knoll Lighthouse, Baltimore, MD, image CC-BY-NC-ND by Jack Lyons

Register before February 27, 2017, for the latest Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication event, “Open Scholarship Early and Often,” to be held March 22, 2017, in conjunction with the 2017 ACRL Conference. Registration for the conference is separate and not required to attend this event.

Don’t miss this opportunity to help drive a lively discussion with your colleagues about ways in which open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content.


  • 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


A little more structured than an unconference but a little less formal than a workshop, participants will engage in dialogues around a series of pre-defined topics and our expert facilitators will ensure that the conversation remains on track and productive.


As a result of participating in this conversation, attendees will:

  • Understand the value and potential of a thoughtful approach to workflow in order to provide more effective access and integrate with other scholarship
  • Understand the strategic importance of investing time and energy into local institutional policies and be better prepared to convey this value to others
  • Be aware of key elements needed to plan and coordinate resources for sustainable implementation of open infrastructure
  • Be better prepared to negotiate the political and cultural atmosphere around open scholarship
  • Be inspired to ensure there is a diversity of voices and the entire community is included in conversations about open scholarship, which supports a sustainable open infrastructure
  • Identify opportunities for collaboration, partnerships, and coordinated effort
  • Develop recommendations for local use at home campuses (on tools to use, conversations to have, how to build trust)

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.

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)?

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.


Event Details and Registration

Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Location: Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
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).

About the Association of Research Libraries

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is a nonprofit organization of 124 research libraries in the US and Canada. ARL’s 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, facilitating the emergence of new roles for research libraries, and shaping a future environment that leverages its interests with those of allied organizations. ARL is on the web at ARL.org, Facebook at facebook.com/association.of.research.libraries, and Twitter at @ARLnews.

About the Association of College & Research Libraries

The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) is the higher education association for librarians. Representing nearly 11,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals, ACRL (a division of the American Library Association) develops programs, products, and services to help academic and research librarians learn, innovate, and lead within the academic community. Founded in 1940, ACRL is committed to advancing learning and transforming scholarship. ACRL is on the web at acrl.org, Facebook at facebook.com/ala.acrl, and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Institute on Scholarly Communication

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly sponsor the Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC) to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. The institute has hundreds of alumni from numerous events forming a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach.

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