SCOOP: Build Scholarly Communication Competencies with the ACRL Roadshow

Submitted by Christine Fruin, ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager

Last fall, in one of my first SCOOP columns, I proposed that we are all scholarly communication librarians and offered examples of how librarians filling different functional roles as well as those working at smaller libraries often perform scholarly communication duties. Further, in that column, I shared the NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians as a comprehensive list of the types of knowledge and skills those engaged with scholarly communication should have. Within the area of “background knowledge,” the authors of the NASIG resource state that “deep knowledge of the Open Access movement and its impact on the scholarly publishing landscape, digital preservation, relevant metadata schemata and standards, copyright, the development and implementation of organizational and institutional open access policies…[and] an understanding of the legislative environment, especially regarding copyright, Open Educational Resources (OER) and public access requirements” are key foundational areas of understanding for those engaged in scholarly communication librarianship.

How does one with responsibility for scholarly communication issues at their libraries acquire the knowledge and skills in all these areas? In 2014, Professor Maria Bonn, who led a preconference on scholarly publishing at the 2018 ATLA Annual conference, wrote about the ways in which librarians might gain experience in these areas and called upon library schools to expand their curricular offerings. But what about librarians who are currently in the field and not enrolled in a librarianship degree program? Where should they go for training? Bonn and two fellow scholarly communication librarians recently received an IMLS grant to develop OER to teach professionals about scholarly communication. Another training opportunity available to professionals is the intensive one day workshop offered by ACRL “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement.”

This workshop, frequently referred to as the ACRL Roadshow, will be coming to Chicago for ATLA members on February 22, 2019. With input from the ATLA Scholarly Communication Committee, our Roadshow presenters have developed a day-long agenda that promises to be informative and interactive. The morning session will consist of conversation about common scholarly communication issues faced by participants, who will have an opportunity to share these through a pre-workshop survey, and instruction on copyright and author’s rights. During the afternoon, participants will take a deep dive into open education issues confronting theological schools today, including how to improve access to curricular materials here and in the majority world, and legal and ethical issues arising in text and data mining in the humanities.

Registration for the Roadshow for ATLA Individual and Student Members as well as staff at ATLA Institutional Member libraries will open the week of December 10 and will remain open until available space is filled or until January 20, 2019, whichever occurs first. Due to space limitations, no more than two persons from a library or institution may register. The cost of registration is $35, which includes lunch. Watch the ATLA web site, the Newsletter, and ATLA social media sites for information and instructions on how to register.

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Christine Fruin is the ATLA Member Programs and Scholarly Communication Manager. As an attorney and a librarian, she has worked for over a decade promoting access to and use of diverse collections through utilization of fair use, open access, and responsible licensing.

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