ACRL Workshop: "Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy"

Interesctions of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

Bring the one-day workshop, "Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy," to your campus, chapter, or consortia. The workshop is led by two expert presenters at locations across the country 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.


Today's shifting academic information landscape provides many challenges and opportunities for librarians to become change agents for campus-wide initiatives and competencies. As we educate and inspire diverse communities of scholars, librarians are encouraged to seek and explore collaborative opportunities that arise at the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy. The benefits of educational opportunities at the intersections are two-fold:

  • Students, who are often asked to participate in scholarly conversations without clear understanding of the scholarly information ecology, become aware of the social and economic influences tied to information, and see themselves as members of that scholarly marketplace.
  • Faculty, who are knowledgeable about scholarly communication in their field, gain a greater sense of information literacy practices and dispositions for themselves and their students.

ACRL is pleased to offer the one-day workshop "Two Paths Converge: Designing Educational Opportunities on the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy" to support librarians as they embark on new and exciting leadership roles as educators of students, teaching faculty, and administration alike. Participants will explore the theoretical backgrounds of information literacy and scholarly communication; consider examples of work that embodies the intersections; and create action plans to further the intersections at their institutions.

Program Description

*Note: the workshop description below can be tailored to accomodate the needs of any institution or consortium.

This program will empower participants to leverage the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy in order to develop education and outreach initiatives that address the aspirations and needs of scholars, students, and researchers at their institutions. Workshop participants will have the opportunity to network and build communities of practice focusing on the following themes and outcomes:

Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

  • Identify your own working definitions for scholarly communication and information literacy.
  • Examine the intersecting cornerstones of both definitions in order to generate learning opportunities for students, faculty, etc.
  • Explore successful examples of librarianship at the intersections.
  • Brainstorm creative ways to create and capitalize on informal and formal education opportunities.

Institutional Priorities and Alignment

  • Identify library and institutional priorities and goals that invite educational opportunities based on the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy.

The Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Educations as a tool for creating learning experiences at the intersections

  • Analyze the Framework in order to choose appropriate direction and language for learning outcomes.
  • Use the knowledge practices and dispositions of the Framework to develop learning outcomes.

Connect with partners in the library and in the greater campus community

  • Identify potential partnerships within and beyond the library that will maximize the impact of your learning experiences.
  • Examine areas of expertise throughout your campus community that will inform the content of your learning experiences.
  • Become conversant about the intersections and increase confidence in your ability to engage stakeholders in related discussions.

Who Should Attend

The Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy are applicable to anyone who supports the educational and research aspiration of an academic community. Librarians who collaborate with faculty will find that information literacy concepts are relevant for advanced researchers as well as students. Similarly, teaching librarians will find that integration of scholarly communication concepts will deepen both undergraduate and graduate students' understanding of the social and economic issues surrounding the research process. Those involved in outreach will find creative opportunities to engage with stakeholders in the campus community. Libraries are encouraged to invite faculty and other campus partners to participate in the workshop to enable multidisciplinary collaboration.

Sample Schedule

Time Activity
8:30 – 9:00 a.m. Arrival & Registration
9:00 – 9:30 a.m. Welcome & introductory exercise
9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Understanding the intersections of scholarly communication and information literacy
10:30 – 10:45 a.m. Break
10:45 –11:15 a.m. Connecting learning experiences to your library and institutional priorities
11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Creating learning experiences
12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Lunch
1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Creating learning experiences (continued)
3:00 – 3:15 p.m. Break
3:15 – 4:00 p.m. Connecting with partners & communication plan
4:00 p.m. Closing remarks


Maryam Fakouri is the Intellectual Property Librarian at Columbia College Chicago. She monitors developments in information law and policy that affect academia and the arts, and she explains those developments to the Columbia community. She meets with classes and individuals to discuss fair use, creator's rights, and other intellectual property concerns.  She also answers reference questions and teaches classes about research strategies. Maryam has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

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

Emma Molls is a Publishing Services Librarian at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She assists campus partners in publishing a variety of scholarship in the open environment through the University of Minnesota Libraries’ Open Scholarship and Publishing Services Unit. Emma has experience developing information literacy curriculum for undergraduates, and scholarly communication workshops for graduate students. She is an open access advocate and a member of the organizing committee for OpenCon 2016. Emma holds an MLIS degree from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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

Joelle Pitts is an Instructional Design Librarian at Kansas State University Libraries. She is responsible for the creation of learning objects and environments aimed at improving the information literacy of the university community. She leads the award-winning New Literacies Alliance, an inter-institutional consortium which utilizes the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education to build open access online lessons. She has also led the development of learning environments centered on topics such as information access and authority. Pitts consults, publishes, and presents on topics including the Framework, instructional design, and library collaboration.

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

Michelle Reed recently joined the University of Texas at Arlington Libraries as Open Education Librarian. She advocates for and leads efforts to support the adoption, adaptation, and creation of open educational resources. Prior to UTA, she supported both information literacy and scholarly communication initiatives at the University of Kansas Libraries. Michelle is the 2016 recipient of the American Library Association’s Carroll Preston Baber Research Grant for an open data project that explores undergraduate perspectives on open access and copyright. She received an MS in Information Science from the University of Tennessee.

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

John Watts is Head of Knowledge Production at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Libraries where he leads a team at the junction of technology, pedagogy, and scholarly communication to empower students and faculty as knowledge creators. He presents and publishes on the topics of creativity in information literacy instruction, student learning outcomes assessment, and peer-assisted learning in academic libraries. Watts has facilitated workshops on incorporating humor and story into library instruction as well as workshops for teaching faculty on research assignment design. He was a facilitator and curriculum designer for ACRL's Assessment in Action (AiA) program and co-recipient of the ACRL Instruction Section Innovation Award.

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

Host Responsibilities

  • Reservation of meeting space and audio-visual equipment, and printing of workshop handouts and materials, per the requirements provided by ACRL.
  • On-site instructional technology and AV support as needed.
  • Reservation of lodging and ensure presenter(s) are given clear understanding of satisfactory ground transportation options.
  • Communicate regularly with presenter(s) regarding program and logistics.
  • Catering for workshop participants and presenters, including refreshment breaks and/or meal services (e.g., breakfast, lunch) as appropriate.
  • Volunteer staff as needed (e.g., general oversight, check-in assistants).
  • Management of registration process, if any.
  • Compilation of attendee roster with complete contact information and registration list.
  • Participant and presenter name badges.

ACRL Responsibilities

  • One full-day workshop at the Host’s site.
  • Expert presenters to teach the workshop. ACRL will cover the expenses for presenter honorarium; presenter travel expenses will be invoiced to the hosts.
  • Delivery of workshop handouts prior to workshop date.
  • Evaluation design and compilation for overall workshop. ACRL will provide a final evaluation summary report.

How to bring the workshop to your campus or region

Please contact ACRL Program Officer Chase Ollis at or 800/545-2433 ext. 2521 to discuss dates and locations, pricing, and complete workshop details. Hosts may choose to recover their costs through registration fees.