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Build Scholarly Communication Competencies with the ACRL Roadshow

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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.

As Seen on Twitter (The Year in Review!)

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The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are the top tweets in 2018 from the @YourATLA Twitter feed:

Redevelopment of the ATS Accreditation Standards: Your Input Requested!

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Submitted by Debbie Creamer, The Association of Theological Schools

As many ATLA members are likely already aware, the Association of Theological Schools (ATS) is currently engaging in a comprehensive redevelopment of its accrediting Standards and Procedures. The last such major revision was in 1996 (the revisions in 2010-2012 were more modest), a generation after the previous redevelopment in 1972. It seems timely then that the ATS membership voted at its June 2018 Biennial Meeting “to authorize the ATS Board of Commissioners to undertake a comprehensive redevelopment of the Standards of Accreditation and the Commission Poli­cies and Procedures expeditiously and with a substantial participation process.” The unanimous vote was based on a five-point rationale and was followed by a membership discussion of key questions and concerns. The ATS Board of Commissioners appointed a 19-member Task Force to lead the redevelopment process.

The Episcopal Public Library of the Seminary of Barcelona joins Worldcat and the ILL

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The Episcopal Public Library of Barcelona, the oldest preserved public access library in the city of Barcelona, has announced the addition of more than 124,000 bibliographic records of its catalog collections to WorldCat.

The Library has 361,000 volumes, 95 incunabula, 600 manuscripts, and 2,500 volumes from the 16th century with the oldest document dating back to the 14th century. This is one of the most important heritage libraries in Catalonia, Spain, especially in the fields of theology, the Bible, ecclesiastical sciences, history, religion, philosophy, arts, and humanities. 

Iskandar Bcheiry Publishes “Hagiography, History, and Manuscript Culture: Studies in Syriac Christianity”

Iskandar Bcheiry, Metadata Analyst in the Production Department of ATLA, frequently publishes articles in the ATLA Newsletter on Syriac Orthodoxy. We are excited to announce his recent publication Hagiography, History, and Manuscript Culture: Studies in Syriac Christianity (ISBN 978-9953-0-4502-3) in the 9th volume of the Patrimoine Syriaque. In this issue, Iskandar presents a collection of three essays on Syriac historical studies. The first is The Discourse on Severus of Antioch by the Syriac Orthodox Patriarch, Cyriacus of Takrit (793-817). This biography is an important historical source that has been cited often; however, the text has never been published or translated. In this volume, Iskandar presents for the first time the Syriac text followed by an English translation of the biography of Severus of Antioch.

The SCOOP: Being a Good Shepherd: Creating a Culture of Open Access Publishing

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

Last month I had the privilege of attending two conferences where I shared the good work of the ATLA Press and our progress in creating a culture of open access publishing for theological librarians and the populations they serve. During the NFAIS Open Access Conference on the theme of “Movements and Models of Open Access,” I joined publishers, funders, technologists, and other stakeholders to share how our respective organizations were furthering open access. I also attended the FORCE11 Annual Conference where I presented a poster highlighting the components of the ATLA Press and our future plans to establish a sustainable and progressive open access publishing program. Below are some of the highlights of what I shared during these two events.

As Seen on Twitter: October 2018

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The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are some highlights from last month’s @YourATLA Twitter feed:

The SCOOP: Open Access Week 2018: Ensuring Open Access is Equitable and Inclusive

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

Open Access Week 2018 arrives October 22nd with a challenge to stakeholders in the scholarly system to be intentional about designing systems for open access that are “inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community.” As articulated in ATLA’s core values, we strive to promote hospitality, inclusion, and diversity, and these values inform the decisions we make in creating a worldwide hub of scholarly communication in religion and theology.

As Seen on Twitter: September 2018

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The ATLA Twitter feed is filled with news on ATLA events and product updates as well as stories that have relevance to the work of libraries and librarians.

Here are some highlights from last month’s @YourATLA Twitter feed:

• New special issue of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (@jlscpub) on the role of scholarly communication in a democratic society. https://t.co/EiVaqBHKId #librarianship #scholcomm #democracy #socialjustice #jlsc

The SCOOP: Who Knows the Way to Get to OA?

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

When open access was first introduced as a concept nearly twenty years ago, there were two common “roads” offered to open access: Gold and Green. Gold OA was defined then and still known now as open access that is available directly from publishers and free for readers but commonly published at a cost for authors, known as Article Processing Charges or APCs. Green OA has been understood to mean open access through the action of authors, most commonly through author deposit in an open access repository. Variations on these two original modes of open access have emerged over the years; however, the growing concern among proponents and advocates has been not only the slow growth but also the sustainability of the current models. In recent months, two new roadways to open access have been proposed: the 2.5% Commitment and OA2020.