Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement subsidized program

Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement

In addition to the option of bringing the Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement workshop to your institution at full cost, ACRL offers this workshop to up to five hosts annually, on a competitive basis, at partial cost. This program is offered using a cost-sharing model where ACRL covers the bulk of the expense for delivering the workshop, leaving a cost of only $2,000 for successful host institutions. The deadline to apply to host the subsidized version in Spring/Summer 2020 was Friday, November 15, 2019. All applicants will be notified of their status by Friday, December 20, 2019.


  • Cost for successful host institutions is $2000.00.
  • ACRL will underwrite the remaining costs.
  • Applicants may choose to recover their costs through registration fees.

Successful Applicants Must:

  • Include participants from more than one institution.
  • Indicate whether you, participating institutions or others in the state (see list at bottom of FAQ page) have applied or hosted the competitive version of this workshop in the past.
  • Rank order the specific topics that are likely to be of interest to their communities (this does not affect selection but is an important data point for presenters and ACRL leaders for future planning).
  • Indicate anticipated attendance. Minimum participation is 45, maximum of 100 individuals, to allow for maximum interactivity.
  • Provide a statement of support from hosting authority, i.e. library director/dean, consortia/association administrator, or ACRL chapter leader.
  • Provide a brief essay (1 page maximum) explaining what your institutions will do after the workshop to maintain momentum, engagement, and education on your campuses.
  • Indicate 3 dates, in order of preference, at least one week apart from each other.
  • Host this event between March 1 - August 31, 2020.

Preference to:

  • Hosts who are organizational members of ACRL.
  • Diversity of institution types represented among participants (i.e. 2 year, liberal arts, masters comprehensive, doctoral).
  • Diversity of types of library staff participating (i.e. liaison librarians, catalogers, access services staff, senior management).

The ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee reviews applications and selects up to five locations, aiming for geographic diversity. All applicants to host during the 2019-20 academic year will be notified of their status by Friday, December 20, 2019. Questions about applying to host a subsidized workshop should be directed to Chase Ollis at

FAQs for Potential Hosts Applying for Competitive Subsidized RoadShow

For answers to frequently asked questions about the applying for the competitive subsidized RoadShow, please see our FAQ page.

For more on the history of how the workshop was conceived and developed, read the freely available book chapter: 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.