Scholarly Communication

Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement

Bring the one-day workshop, "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement," to your campus, chapter, or consortia. The workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations upon request. Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and for complete workshop details.

You can bring this workshop, at full cost, to your campus, chapter, or consortia year round. Additionally, ACRL offers a partial subsidy on a competitive basis for up to five hosts each academic year. The deadline to apply to host the subsidized version during the 2018-19 academic year was Friday, November 16, 2018, at 5pm PT. More information about the subsidized program can be found here.

Program Description

Academic and research librarians increasingly recognize scholarly communication as a core competency of the profession. Whether helping researchers meet their funder's mandates for public access and data sharing, guiding responsible copyright practice, or supporting new types of scholarship and instruction, librarians are leading change across campus and around the world. With this workshop, ACRL empowers our community in accelerating the transformation of the scholarly communication system.

This workshop has been updated with a series of targeted modules that reflect the most exciting and pressing issues in the field today. The goal of the structured, interactive program is to equip participants with knowledge and skills to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system.


We begin the day with an overview of scholarly communication fundamentals including the publishing landscape, copyright, and library engagement. For afternoon sessions, hosts will be asked in advance to select two topics that are of interest to their communities. These "deep dive" options include:

  • Accessibility
  • Library-Based Publishing
  • Measuring Research Impact
  • Open Education
  • Outreach and Programming
  • Research Data Management
  • Scholarly Publishing and Open Access
  • Text and Data Mining

See a sample agenda for the day.

What skills will participants gain?

The workshop will help participants in very practical ways.

In the morning sessions, participants will hone skills in recognizing and providing support on key scholarly communication issues, including:

  • Access to Scholarship and Data: Participants will understand the academic drivers and economic principles that underlie scholarly publishing worldwide, in order to evaluate and provide guidance about opportunities, benefits, and challenges of broader and more open dissemination of scholarship and data.
  • Copyright & IP: Participants will integrate essential principles of copyright and other property rights applicable within an academic context, so they are able to provide guidance on the use of rights-protected materials in scholarly communications and digital scholarship, campus and Library projects, and online learning environments and classrooms.
  • Outreach & Engagement: Participants will discover and devise their own implementable strategies for involving their communities in both understanding and participating in scholarly publishing and the scholarly publishing landscape.

Depending on the afternoon topics chosen by hosts, specific learning outcomes will include:

  • Scholarly Profiles & Research Impact: Participants will learn how to implement tools, methodologies, and best practices for monitoring and increasing researchers’ impact, so they can provide community input and facilitate campus decision-making about supporting scholarly impact and return on research investment.
  • Open Education: Participants will gain working knowledge of how open educational resources (OERs) are used, created, and supported, so that they may establish or advance relevant campus programs.
  • Emerging Scholarship and Publishing Opportunities: Participants will learn to recognize and advise their communities about emerging scholarship formats and technologies, as well as new scholarly publishing opportunities (including library publishing), in order to evaluate or build local support at their institutions.

Who Should Attend

The workshop is appropriate for those with administrative responsibilities, with new leadership assignments in scholarly communication or digital publishing, as well as liaisons and any others who are seeking to advance their professional development in scholarly communication.


Elizabeth Brown

Elizabeth (Beth) Brown is currently the Director of Assessment and Scholarly Communications at Binghamton University Libraries and also serves as subject liaison for Chemistry, Physics and Astronomy, Mathematical Sciences and Materials Science. She received a BA and MS in Chemistry, and an MLIS in Librarianship from the University of Texas at Austin. Her current interests include identifying disruptors within the scholarly community and how research materials are marketed to library users and patrons. She has served as a scholarly communications librarian since 2008 at Binghamton and has given presentations on this subject at regional and national society and association meetings. She has also served in various roles in the Physics Astronomy Math (PAM) Division of the Special Libraries Association (SLA), the Binghamton Local Section of the American Chemical Society, and the Upstate New York Chapter of the Special Libraries Association. In her spare time Beth enjoys fiber crafts, cooking and baking, trying to read her husband’s many book suggestions, and attending her daughter’s orchestra concerts.

William M. Cross

William M. Cross is the Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center at North Carolina State University where he provides advice and instruction to campus stakeholders on copyright, licensing, and scholarly communication issues. As a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Will earned an M.A. in Technology & Communication, a J.D. in Law, and an M.S.L.S. in Library Science. Before joining the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, Will worked in academic and law libraries, in constitutional litigation, and at the North Carolina Court of Appeals. He serves as an adjunct instructor in the UNC School of Information and Library Science and lectures nationally on free expression, copyright, and scholarly communication. Will has been quoted in publications such as The Chronicle of Higher Education and Techdirt and publishes regularly in law and library journals on topics ranging from the pedagogy of legal education for librarians to First Amendment analysis of the regulation of video games.

Read more about Will in his ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Carla Myers

Carla Myers serves as Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries. Her professional presentations and publications focus on fair use, copyright in the classroom, and library copyright issues. She has a B.S. in Psychology form the University of Akron and a Masters in Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

Read more about Carla in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Jenny Oleen

Jenny Oleen is the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Western Washington University, where she also serves as the Copyright Librarian, and manages the Scholarly Communications Unit and the new institutional repository, Western CEDAR ( She has a BS in Agronomy from Kansas State University, a MS in Environmental Science from University of Arizona, and a MLS from Indiana University-Bloomington.

Read more about Jenny in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Anali Maughan Perry

Anali Maughan Perry is the Associate Librarian for Collections and Scholarly Communication at Arizona State University Libraries, where, among other things, she leads educational outreach for faculty, staff and students on author rights, copyright and fair use, open access, and scholarly communication. She is a member of ASU’s Data Management and Repository Services Team and helps manage the ASU Digital Repository. Anali also moonlights as the host of The Library Minute video series. She has a Bachelor of Music in Guitar Performance from Arizona State University and a Master of Arts in Information Resources and Library Science from the University of Arizona.

Read more about Anali in her ACRL Member of the Week profile on ACRL Insider.

Rachael Samberg

Rachael G. Samberg is UC Berkeley Library’s Scholarly Communication Officer, and has developed their scholarly communication program. Rachael is responsible for copyright and other IP and licensing rights education for scholars—helping them better understand and make informed decisions about what they include in their research, and manage their own IP rights as authors. She also advises about scholarly publishing options and research impact, and facilitates participation in open access publishing. Rachael has a B.S. from Tufts University, a J.D. from Duke University School of Law, and an MLIS from the University of Washington. Rachael practiced intellectual property litigation at Fenwick & West LLP for seven years before spending six years at Stanford Law School’s library, where she was Head of Reference & Instructional Services and a Lecturer in Law, teaching introductory and advanced legal research courses.


Don't take our word for it. See what participants are saying!

"Exceeded my expectations. Very Grateful. Thank you." ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

"I liked that the workshop brought together multiple local institutions and practitioners from different areas of librarianship" ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

"I particularly appreciated that both presenters clearly demonstrated their passion for the topic and were very forthright and honest and informal in style." ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

"Best, most accessible copyright presentation I've ever seen." ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

"Both presenters were great - well informed, comfortable, engaging!" ~ 2018 Workshop Participant

"Best aspect of the workshop? Too hard to select one!" ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

"This workshop was immediately relevant to my job!" ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

"Great opportunity to talk with concerned and knowledgable people!" ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

"The overview of copyright was wonderful! I took a previous course about copyright but really didn't understand concepts until this workshop." ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

"The section on copyright validated my approach and gave me confidence in how I approach copyright with my faculty." ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

"The interactiveness and approachability of the presenters, as well as their communications skills helped me learn more and build off what I already knew to develop further expertise." ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

"I really have a much better understanding of the importance of all faculty members at my library having a baseline understanding of scholarly communication so that they can be effective leaders and sources of information to faculty and student researchers on our campus." ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

"Both presenters were great, and I really left the day feeling like I had something to contribute to conversations around scholarly communication on my campus! Thank you!" ~ 2017 Workshop Participant

Bring this workshop to your campus!

Ready to host this workshop at your institution? Here's what you need to know about hosting an ACRL RoadShow.

Interested in applying for the subsidized version? See this page for more information.


For more on the history and background of how the workshop was conceived and developed, explore the following publications:

Kirchner, J. & Malenfant, K. (2013). ACRL’s scholarly communications road show, bellwether for a changing profession. In Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries.

Cross, William, Jenny Oleen, and Anali Perry (2017). "Jump Start Your Scholarly Communication Initiatives: Lessons Learned from Redesigning the Scholarly Communications Roadshow for a New Generation of Librarians." In ACRL 2017 Conference Proceedings.