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 one-day 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 2017-18 academic year has passed. 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 day-long workshop, led by two expert presenters, 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 open access, copyright, and library engagement.

For afternoon sessions, hosts will be asked in advance to select topics that are of greatest interest to their communities so that the expert presenters can offer a deep dive into the following specific areas:

  • Copyright in Making and Sharing Scholarship
  • Institutional Repositories
  • Library-Based Publishing
  • Measuring Research Impact
  • Meeting Funder Mandates
  • Open Education
  • Outreach and Programming
  • Research Data Management

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, Director of Assessment and Scholarly Communications at Binghamton University Libraries
  • William Cross, Director of the Copyright and Digital Scholarship Center, North Carolina State University Libraries
  • Carla Myers, Assistant Professor and Coordinator of Scholarly Communications for the Miami University Libraries
  • Anali Maughan Perry, Collections and Scholarly Communication Librarian, Arizona State University Libraries
  • Jenny Oleen, Scholarly Communications Librarian, Western Washington University
  • Jaron Porciello, Associate Director for Research Data Engagement and Training in International Programs for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences, Cornell University
  • Rachel G. Samberg, Scholarly Communication Officer at UC Berkeley

Read more about these presenters in their biographies.


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

"The presenters were excellent. Very engaging, entertaining, skilled." ~ 2017 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

"Both of the speakers were experienced, engaging, and a pleasure to spend the day with." ~ 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 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.