ACRL Scholarly Communications Agenda for 2007-2008

The ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee has approved the following agenda to guide the ACRL scholarly communications program for the 2006-2007 year.

Educational Work:
The ongoing goals of the educational aspect of the scholarly communications 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:

  1. Cooperate with ARL in assessing offerings of the ACRL-ARL Scholarly Communications Institute (scheduled for July 2007 and the first regional version for December 2007) and in planning and holding additional institutes. As possible and appropriate, make materials used in the Institute widely available.
  2. If approved by the Conference Committee, present one or more panel sessions at the 2008 ALA National Conference on international aspects of scholarly communication.
  3. Cooperate with SPARC in programming for the SPARC-ACRL Forum at both the midwinter and annual conferences.
  4. Continue to refine the ACRL Scholarly Communications Tool Kit, particularly with additional information aimed at graduate students and graduate division administrators.
  5. Coordinate ongoing scholarly communications column for C&RL News.
  6. Coordinate ongoing topics and presentations for the ACRL scholarly communications discussion group.
  7. Maintain the SCHOLCOMM listserv and keep discussions active.
  8. Speak and make presentations on scholarly communications issues in various venues.

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

  1. Participate actively in the Open Access Working Group, an alliance composed of the American Association of Law Libraries, ALA, Association of Academic Health Science Libraries, ACRL, ARL, Creative Commons, Greater Western Library Alliance, Medical Library Association, Open Society Institute, Public Knowledge, Public Library of Science, SLA, and SPARC. Contribute a college and research libraries perspective and work to build 1) recognition of the benefits of open access journal publishing and author self-archiving, 2) Congressional and federal agency acceptance of the principle of public access to the results of taxpayer-funded research, 3) revision of the NIH Public Access Policy that would make deposit in PubMed Central a requirement for funded researchers, and 4) adoption of the Federal Research Public Access Act when reintroduced into the 110th Congress.
  2. Continue to participate in the Information Access Alliance, the cooperative anti-merger coalition involving the American Association of Law Libraries, ACRL, ALA, ARL, and MLA. Support work on antitrust and anticompetitive practices in selected states.
  3. Continue to participate in efforts to increase the effectiveness of ACRL advocacy at the national level and to align scholarly communications advocacy with other relevant ACRL advocacy efforts.
  4. Monitor international scholarly communications developments.
  5. Respond to particular advocacy needs and issues as they arise.

The primary objective of research work is to identify the evidence base and research needed to deepen our understanding of scholarly communication issues and effect positive changein which all types of academic libraries can participate, and to incorporate that information into the scholarly communications tool kit and other educational materials and programs.

  1. Convene and host a meeting with other academic library organizations and their partners to a) identify the evidence and research gaps not currently available and/or not yet being pursued elsewhere that the library community needs to know to inform planning and action; and b) discuss what collectively we might do to fill them.
  2. Develop a process to solicit scholarly communications research topics from the ACRL membership on a regular basis.
  3. As appropriate, revise and publicize the ACRL research agenda on scholarly communications issues.
  4. Help to coordinate research efforts across the community of organizations actively pursuing complementary scholarly communications agendas.

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

  1. Develop cooperation on scholarly communications issues across ALA and its divisions, focusing in particular on the Federal Research Public Access Act.
  2. Work with the Council of Liaisons to incorporate action on scholarly communications issues into existing and developing liaison relationships.
  3. Continue to develop contacts and working relationships with librarian and higher educational organizations concerned about scholarly communications issues.
  4. Expand relationships with ACRL sections and committees in order to further scholarly outreach to disciplinary organizations.

Activities within ACRL:
The ACRL Scholarly Communications Committee and the ACRL Scholarly Communications-Government Relations Specialist will continue to develop working relationships with various units within ACRL.

  1. Inform and advise the Director and Executive Committee of opportunities for ACRL to take or endorse actions that are aligned with the Scholarly Communication initiative and strategic goals.
  2. Maintain ongoing relationships with ACRL committees concerned with issues related to scholarly communication.
  3. Work with ACRL units on particular advocacy issues as they emerge.