ACRL offers 2012 Scholarly Communications Road Shows

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/03/2012


CHICAGO – Once again, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) will take its popular scholarly communications workshop on the road to five locations in 2012. New this year, the curriculum is revised, and hosts will share part of the costs. Now titled “Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement,” the road show was originally offered to raise awareness about scholarly communications in the community.

In previous years, ACRL underwrote the full costs of the then-named “Scholarly Communications 101 – Starting with the Basics” program to support this goal. The program has evolved from this central goal of awareness building and, three successful years later, now supports in-depth training as institutions are developing scholarly communications programming. As the workshop’s goals have moved from raising awareness to training, the road show program is transitioning into an established ACRL professional development program in alignment with ACRL’s other offerings.

In 2012, the program will be expanded and enhanced to a full-day workshop with more applied programmatic elements, while still retaining much of the “101 basics” elements. The program will also move to a cost-sharing model. ACRL is committed to underwriting the bulk of the costs for delivering the road show. The cost for successful host institutions is $2,000.

Complete details, including the application to host, are available on the program website at The deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. CST on Feb. 7, 2012. For more information, contact ACRL Scholarly Communications and Government Relations Specialist Kara J. Malenfant at (312) 280-2510 or


ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 12,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. ACRL is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at, Facebook at and Twitter at @ala_acrl.