ACRL seeks applicants for joint Institute on Scholarly Communication

Contact: Kara Malenfant
For Immediate Release
July 7, 2006

ACRL seeks applicants for joint Institute on Scholarly

Communication; scholarships available

CHICAGO - Due to strong interest, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), along with the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), will offer a second Institute on Scholarly Communication, December 6-8, 2006, at Duke University, Durham, N.C. The inaugural institute at UCLA in July had far more applicants than could be accommodated. The deadline for application is
August 15, 2006. Acceptance to the Scholarly Communication program is competitive and limited to 100 individuals.

The Friends of ACRL are supporting four scholarships to cover the $600 registration fee for the institute. Scholarships will be awarded to team member(s) from diverse backgrounds and those employed at smaller institutions or serving professionally underrepresented minorities. Awards will be determined during the application review and announced to recipients along with acceptance to the institute. Details on applying for a scholarship are noted in the application.

During the institute, participants will expand their knowledge of scholarly communication issues by:

  • Building expertise for their libraries and campuses
  • Designing a collaborative program for their institutions
  • Exploring strategies for creating systemic change
  • Discovering new approaches for engaging faculty

This jointly sponsored institute offers tools and techniques to build a scholarly communication program or move an existing one to the next level. Participants will assess their campus environment before the institute and engage in 2 1/2 intensive days of active learning. During the institute, participants will develop customized program plan components to implement at their home institutions.

The institute sponsors are seeking participation from a wide range of academic libraries from community colleges to large research institutions. A competitive application process will be used to assemble a cohort for the December institute. Team applications are encouraged (up to three participants from a campus), although individual applications also will be considered. Larger institutions are encouraged to propose teams that reflect various institutional perspectives, such as librarians, library administrators, faculty, and campus administrators.

Applicants should articulate realistic goals for a campus plan and demonstrate institutional support for, or readiness to support, a plan. Recognizing the challenges smaller institutions face in participating in the institute and the value of their contributions to outreach efforts, small institutions will not be penalized in the selection process if they are able to fund only individual participants rather than teams.

Complete details about the program as well as the online application form and instructions can be found at (Click "ACRL/ARL Institute on Scholarly Communication").

Applicants can direct questions concerning the program or application process to Kara Malenfant at 312-280-2510;

ACRL is a division of the American Library Association (ALA), representing more than 13,000 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.