Scholarly Communications Agenda, 2003–2004

TO: ACRL Board
FROM: Ray English, Chair, ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee
SUBJECT: Scholarly Communications Agenda, 2003–2004
DATE: June 22, 2003

The ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee has approved the following agenda to guide ACRL scholarly communications initiative and the work of the Visiting Program Officer for the 2003/04 year.

Educational Work:
The ongoing goals of the educational aspect of the initiative are to increase knowledge, raise awareness, and encourage action on the part of academic librarians, faculty, and higher education administrators in reforming the system of scholarly communication. Specific activities during the year will include the following:

  • Complete and refine the ACRL Scholarly Communications Tool Kit, making it available to ACRL members through the ACRL web site.
  • Plan and carry out a preconference at the 2004 ALA annual conference that introduces scholarly communications issues to librarians who wish to become more informed about and involved in campus advocacy.
  • Plan and carry out a program at the 2004 ALA annual conference on consolidation in the journal publishing industry.
  • Coordinate an ongoing scholarly communications column for C&RL News.
  • Coordinate ongoing topics and presentations for the ACRL scholarly communications discussion group.
  • Cooperate with SPARC in programming for the SPARC/ACRL Forum at both the midwinter and annual conferences.
  • Maintain the SCHOLCOMM listserv and keep discussions active.
  • Speak on scholarly communications issues in various venues.
  • Develop a train the trainer approach to scholarly communications advocacy.
  • Cooperate with SPARC in revising Create Change materials and creating a brochure on open access.

The purpose of ACRL’s advocacy work is to help shape national policy in accordance with the principles of the scholarly communications initiative. Specific activities will include:

  • Continue to participate in the Information Access Alliance – the cooperative anti-merger strategy involving AALL, ACRL, ALA, ARL, and MLA.
  • Participate in efforts to increase the effectiveness of ACRL advocacy at the national level.
  • Respond to particular advocacy needs and issues as they arise.

Coalition Building:
Goals are to build on ACRL’s existing partnerships and liaison relationships in order to advance change in the system of scholarly communication.

  • Continue to develop contacts and working relationships with library, higher education, and scholarly organizations concerned about scholarly communications issues.
  • Work with the Council of Liaisons to incorporate action on scholarly communications issues into existing and developing liaison relationships.

The primary objective of research work is to document the effects of the scholarly communications crisis on all types of academic libraries and incorporate that information into the scholarly communications toolkit and other educational materials and programs.

  • Draw on existing statistical data and incorporate it as appropriate into the ACRL Scholarly communications tool kit.
  • Create anecdotal information that illustrates case studies for various sizes and types of academic libraries as appropriate.
  • Define a research agenda for scholarly communications issues.

Activities within ACRL:
The ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee and the Visiting Program Officer will continue to develop working relationships with various units within ACRL

  • Maintain ongoing relationships with ACRL committees concerned with issues related to scholarly communications.
  • Work with ACRL units on particular advocacy issues as they emerge.