Pre-Midwinter Institute: Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

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ACRL Pre-Midwinter Institute
Friday, January 25, 2019
8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Seattle, WA

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.

This interactive workshop 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 Education 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.


Maryam Fakouri is a Scholarly Publishing Outreach Librarian at the University of Washington Seattle. She monitors developments in information law and policy that affect higher education, and she offers guidance about various copyright issues. She has designed educational programs about copyright, fair use, open access, and related topics. Prior to specializing in scholarly communication, Maryam was a reference and teaching librarian. Maryam has a Master of Library Science from Indiana University and a Juris Doctor from DePaul University College of Law.

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.


Access the ALA Midwinter Meeting registration materials to submit your registration. The workshop code is ACR1.

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Registration fees

ACRL member - $225
ALA member - $265
Nonmember - $325

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