SCOOP: Scholarly Communication Roadshow Recap


On February 22, 2019, nearly forty librarians and library staff from ATLA member institutions gathered in Chicago for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow event, sponsored by ATLA. The workshop, taught by Carla Myers, Scholarly Communications Coordinator at Miami University, and Rachael Samberg, Scholarly Communications Officer at the University of California Berkeley, led attendees through a series of presentations and individual and group activities on various scholarly communication issues.

ATLA Members learn about scholarly communications issues such as copyright and open access at the ACRL Roadshow event.

The workshop opened with a presentation on how scholarly communication is a series of interconnected systems: process, participants, and pressures.

The presenters then delved into the component parts of these three systems. For example, the components of participant system include not only individual stakeholders (e.g., authors, students, libraries) but also other systems (e.g., promotion and tenure requirements, funding agencies, social media). While the pressures impacting scholarly communication are technological, economic, social, and policy-driven. The presenters then set up the topics for the remainder of the day: copyright and author rights; text and data mining; and open access and affordable education.

Copyright and Author Rights

Presenter Carla Myers explains the interconnected systems of scholarly

In the session about copyright, attendees learned about the basics of copyright law–what it protects, how long it lasts, and what exclusive rights the copyright holder possesses under the law. A lively discussion between attendees and participants flowed from the presentation of material, with attendees delving into areas such as course reserves, the copyright status of sermons, and digitizing and streaming video.

Text and Data Mining

After lunch, the presenters took a deeper dive into text and data mining in the humanities. To best support these scholarly activities, libraries should endeavor to familiarize themselves with five legal literacies that will help them advise researchers on issues that arise in text and data mining.

These five literacies are

  • Copyright (e.g., fair use application to projects)
  • Contracts (e.g., database license terms)
  • Privacy (e.g., federal and state laws)
  • Ethics and policy (e.g., cultural heritage materials concerns), and
  • Other statutes and legal limitations (e.g., digital rights management)

Open Access and Open Education Resources

Presenter Rachael Samberg collects participant responses on common scholarly communication issues at their institutions.

The final workshop session looked at open access and open educational resources. Through the material presented, attendees learned about the landscape for open access publishing and existing funding strategies to support open access. They also learned about how investing and promoting open access strategies leads to more affordable educational materials as well as about the ways that they could support development or provision of affordable course materials at their home institutions.


The workshop concluded with a challenge to attendees to consider who they will reach out to when they return to their home institutions and what new programs or initiatives they can devise utilizing the new knowledge they obtained by attending the Roadshow event. Attendees left the event invigorated and full of information. The ATLA Scholarly Communication Committee, who helped plan the event, will be following up with attendees in the weeks ahead and consider how it can best support ATLA member needs or interests that were identified as a result of this event.

Further Reading

  • The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit, which was developed in its current format by ATLA Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager Christine Fruin, is the best one-stop resource for information on a variety of scholarly communication topics.
  • In addition to the Scholarly Communication Roadshow, ACRL offers additional Roadshow events on assessment, research data management, and information literacy. Interested in hosting your own Roadshow event? Check out this web site for more information:
  • Every month, the SCOOP column in the ATLA Newsletter offers updates on recent issues, events, and resources in scholarly communication. Check out the full archive at


The SCOOP, Scholarly COmmunication and Open Publishing, is a monthly column published by Christine Fruin, ATLA Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects Manager, to inform ATLA members of recent developments, new resources, or interesting stories from the realm of scholarly communication and open access publishing.

Christine Fruin is the ATLA Scholarly Communication and Digital Projects 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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