For immediate release | January 3, 2011

ACRL offers Scholarly Communication 101 road shows

CHICAGO – The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is taking scholarly communication on the road again in 2011 with "Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics." Recognizing that scholarly communication issues are central to the work of all academic librarians and all types of institutions, ACRL is pleased to offer this free half-day workshop to five libraries across the country.

Complete details on "Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics" are available on the ACRL website at Institutions may publicly express their intent to apply by posting a comment in ALA Connect (…) to identify potential collaborators and submit an application jointly.

Led by two expert presenters, this structured interactive overview of the scholarly communication system highlights individual or institutional strategic planning and action. Four modules focus on new methods of scholarly publishing and communication, copyright and intellectual property, economics and open access. As a result of the workshop, participants will understand scholarly communication as a system to manage the results of research and scholarly inquiry, enumerate new modes and models of scholarly communication and select and cite key principles, facts and messages relevant to current or nascent scholarly communication plans and programs at their institutions. “Scholarly Communication 101” is appropriate for those with new leadership assignments in scholarly communication as well as liaisons and others who are interested in the issues and need foundational understanding.

Institutions interested in hosting “Scholarly Communication 101” should apply by 5 p.m. CST on Monday, Feb. 7, 2011. Hosts must partner with, and invite staff from, at least one other institution. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee will review applications and select several locations for the workshop, based on the number of requests and capacity. The committee will aim for geographic diversity and notify applicants of their status by March 1, 2011.

The application form and complete details, including additional qualifications and hosting responsibilities, are available on the ACRL website at For more information, contact ACRL Scholarly Communications and Government Relations Specialist Kara Malenfant at or (312) 280-2510.


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.


David Free