Register for “Open Scholarship Early and Often” Community Conversation at ACRL 2017

ISCIt is gratifying to see the growing number of academic institutions and private and public funding sources that now require open or public access to sponsored research publications and data. The library community has played an integral role throughout nearly two decades of advocacy work around open scholarship and it takes pride in these significant outcomes. However, the community recognizes that the tools, infrastructure, and services within higher education to support open scholarship have not kept pace with policy mandates. Now is the time to promote openness earlier and often throughout the research process by developing open workflow tools and by using open infrastructures.

During this active community-driven conversation, offered on Wednesday, March 22, in conjunction with the ACRL 2017 Conference by the Association of Research Libraries (ARL)/Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) Institute on Scholarly Communication, participants will explore ways in which open infrastructure and open workflow tools can support the creation, preservation, and dissemination of open content (including scholarship, data, and educational resources). By integrating librarians into the research life cycle at the outset, librarians can be better positioned to raise awareness with key partners around scholarly policies such as open access. Improved communication around these policies would lead to more efficient, streamlined implementation of libraries’ workflows of institutional repository ingest and deposit, copyright consultation, and metadata curation, which in turn would lead to optimal discoverability of research results.

Who should attend?
Academic librarians at all types of colleges and universities with an interest in open scholarship will have valuable perspectives to contribute to this conversation. We also welcome and encourage people from libraries who work in IT, metadata, and who have interest in research workflows. Experienced professionals and people who are new to these issues can be equally engaged in this community conversation. If you haven’t been involved before, now is the time. Your contributions are essential to shaping the future of scholarship and academia!

Why should you attend?
Through a series of breakout sessions led by expert facilitators, you 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)


  • Amy Buckland, Institutional Repository Manager, University of Chicago Library
  • Rachel Frick, Executive Director, OCLC Research Library Partnership
  • Tara Robertson, Accessibility Librarian, Centre for Accessible Post-secondary Education Resources–British Columbia (CAPER-BC) at Langara College
  • Jeffrey Spies, Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer, Center for Open Science; Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering and Society, University of Virginia
  • Ana Van Gulick, Librarian, Carnegie Mellon University

Event Details and Registration
Date: Wednesday, March 22, 2017
8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m.
Baltimore (Maryland) Convention Center
$100. Registration fee includes morning refreshment and afternoon break. Lunch is on your own.

Registration: Register online by Wednesday, February 22, 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, Facebook at, 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 more than 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, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.

About the Institute on Scholarly Communication

The Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and 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.