Prepare to Participate in Open Access Week with ACRL Toolkit

Let ACRL’s Scholarly Communication Toolkit help you prepare to lead events on your campus during Open Access Week, October 19-25, 2015. Open Access Week, a global event now entering its eighth year, is an opportunity for the academic and research community to continue to learn about the potential benefits of Open Access, to share what they’ve learned with colleagues, and to help inspire wider participation in helping to make Open Access a new norm in scholarship and research.

The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit provides context and background by summarizing key issues to offer quick, basic information on scholarly communication topics. It also links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentation templates and videos for librarians to adapt and use on their own campuses, and for library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work. The toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, serves as a valuable resource for scholarly communication discussions inside the library and for outreach programs to faculty and administrators.

ACRL’s strategic goal for the research and scholarly environment is that librarians accelerate the transition to a more open system of scholarship. Be part of the movement to influence scholarly publishing policies and practices toward a more open system.

We encourage contributions to this toolkit from its users and the academic library community. If you have a tool you find valuable for advocacy and to the discourse of scholarly communication, please share it. This may include a paper, presentation, handout, video, case study, or other kinds of resources. Kindly email your contributions to Kara Malenfant, ACRL Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives,