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

Scholarly Communication workshopACRL is accepting applications from prospective new presenters for the workshop “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.” The day-long workshop, now in its ninth year, is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country. The workshop content is updated each year to meet the evolving needs of the community. In 2017, the sections will focus on access, intellectual property, engagement, and emerging opportunities for scholarship. In addition to the in-person workshop, the presenter team may develop virtual programming, which may be delivered via brief recorded videos housed in the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit and/or through a live webcast series as part of ACRL’s e-Learning program.

We seek to expand our pool of presenters by recruiting and mentoring at least two new people in 2017. Applications are due by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 31, 2017.


  • 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 up to two road shows to be offered in spring/summer 2017 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:

  • Participation in an ACRL Scholarly Communication workshop (either at ACRL Conference 2009 in Seattle, ALA Midwinter Meeting 2012 in Dallas, or at a road show in spring/summer 2009 – 2016).
  • 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, in-person design meetings (held in conjunction with ALA Midwinter and Annual Conferences), participating in all segments of the workshop event, and some development of materials, exercises and presentations. Each new presenter will ideally participate in two workshops during spring/summer 2017 and present a minimum of 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. The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee will consider applicants who can only attend one program in 2017 and begin teaching in 2018. ACRL will reimburse the new presenters for travel costs for up to two road shows in 2017 (flights, hotel, ground transportation, and per diem for meals). ACRL 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):
    1. Why do you want to become a presenter for ACRL’s Scholarly Communication workshop?
    2. 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?
    3. What contributions could you make to the presenter team that align with the qualifications?
    4. Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?
    5. Are there videos that demonstrate your talents as a teacher?
  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 submitted via email by 5 p.m. Central on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, to Paul Bracke, 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 for 2017 and notify all applicants by Tuesday, March 7, 2017.

If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Paul Bracke at or (509) 313-6535.