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Scholars & Scholarship

ARL catalyzes collective efforts to achieve enduring and barrier-free information. The Association works with: the academic and research community to maximize the reach and impact of scholarship; the international library and archives community to advance institutions’ financial capacity to support open scholarship through new models; and the ARL membership to support leadership on open scholarship within member institutions.

Key Accomplishments in 2018

Press and Library Directors Meet, Release Report, Slides

ARL and the Association of University Presses (AUPresses) hosted the second meeting of press and library directors with reporting relationships (P2L2) in June. The P2L2 Summit focused on shared practices, opportunities, and challenges; projects; open access sustainability; and the provosts’ value of the P2L relationship. Read the report on the P2L2 Summit and view slides from the summit.

Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem (TOME) Convenes Third Annual Meeting, Publishes Report, Slides, Video

TOME, Toward an Open Monograph Ecosystem, is a pilot initiative to advance wide dissemination of scholarship by humanities and humanistic social sciences faculty members through open editions of peer-reviewed and professionally edited monographs. The Association of American Universities (AAU), Association of University Presses (AUPresses), and ARL formally launched TOME in 2017. The TOME Task Force convened its third annual meeting in July to assess TOME’s progress, share lessons learned, and determine an action plan to expand participation in the initiative. Read the report on the third annual TOME meeting and view slides from the meeting. Also see a short video of scholars discussing how TOME has helped their work be shared, used, and built upon.

ARL Task Force on Wikimedia and Linked Open Data Releases Draft White Paper for Comment

In June, the Association charged a task force to look at Wikidata (the community) and Wikibase (the infrastructure). The task force emerged from several years of discussion between ARL and the Wikimedia Foundation on where the two communities can effectively collaborate. The focus on Wikidata and Wikibase came from two points of alignment in particular: interest in linked open data for both library discovery systems and Wikipedia, and advancing a diversity and inclusion agenda in the cultures of both libraries and Wikimedia. In November, the task force circulated a draft white paper for open community comment and will finalize the paper after considering those comments.