Apply to Become a Presenter for the ACRL RoadShow “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement”

ACRL Scholarly Communcation RoadShow logo
ACRL Scholarly Communcation RoadShow logo

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters to join the presenter team for the Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement RoadShow. Part of ACRL’s slate of day-long workshops, the Scholarly Communication RoadShow is led by two expert presenters throughout the year at locations across the country and around the world. The workshop content is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community, with a core focus on scholarly communication fundamentals including open access, copyright, and library engagement. Host communities have the further opportunity to explore deep dives into selected topics of greatest interest (listed on the workshop webpage). In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team may develop virtual programming, including brief recorded videos housed in the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit and/or a live webcast series as part of ACRL’s e-Learning program.

We seek to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring up to two new people in 2019. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, April 26, 2019.


  • A designated role in scholarly communications within your library.
  • Teaching experience.
  • Experience with instructional design or workshop design and meeting facilitation.
  • Collaborative planning skills.
  • Must be available to attend one workshop to be offered in 2019 to shadow current presenters, then co-present an average of two workshops per year.
  • Available to participate in curriculum updates and workshop planning during monthly one-hour conference calls.

Strongly preferred:

  • Past participation in an ACRL Scholarly Communication workshop.
  • Available to attend (in person) annual presenter curriculum design meetings, typically held in conjunction with ALA Annual Conference or ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The workshop content is dynamic and evolving, and the new presenters will participate in shaping the curriculum as a collegial partner with the current presenters. Serving as a new presenter involves participating in monthly planning calls and in-person design meetings; participating in all segments of the workshop event; and some development of materials, exercises, and presentations. Each new presenter will ideally shadow presenters at a workshop during summer/fall 2019 and present at least two workshops per year thereafter. The new presenters will gain experience by shadowing experienced presenters and team-teaching a section or assignment before taking a leading role. ACRL reimburses presenters for travel costs related to workshop travel (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals) and provides a modest honorarium to experienced presenters.

To apply, please prepare the following materials. Applications must be submitted electronically as a single PDF document that includes:

  1. A statement addressing the following questions (two pages max for all):
    • Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    • What contributions have you made to the literature and practice of scholarly communication through publication of research or development of tools, model documents, and other resources?
    • What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    • Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    • Are there videos that demonstrate your talents as a teacher?
    • Are there any identities you hold that may contribute to fuller representation of diverse groups and points of view as part of this workshop?
  2. Your resume.
  3. The names and contact information for 2 references who have direct knowledge of your teaching experience.

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Friday, April 26, 2019, to Erin Owens, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee has formed a small review team, separate from the current presenters, to consider applications. The process includes checking references and a telephone (or Skype) interview. The group will select new presenters and notify all applicants by Friday, May 31, 2019.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Erin Owens at or (936) 294-4567.