ACRL Workshop: "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement"



Mon, June 12, 2017, 8:30AM - 4:30PM


Worcester Polytechnic Institute, 100 Institute Road, Rubin Campus Center Odeum, Worcester, MA 01609 (Directions & Campus Map)


Katie Fortney is the Copyright Policy & Education Officer for California Digital Library (CDL) serving the University of California libraries and their users. She supports the UC community in the understanding and administration of the UC open access policies, education about copyright and fair use, questions relating to authors' rights, and whatever else comes in handy in a given week. Prior to joining CDL she worked as a librarian at UC Santa Cruz, where her duties included scholarly communication, instruction, reference, and collections. She has a J.D. from NYU, an MLIS from San Jose State University, and a B.S. in English Literature from Iowa State University. Read more about Katie in her ACRL member of the week profile.

Jaron Porciello currently serves as Associate Director for Research Data Engagement and Training in International Programs for the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at Cornell University. Trained as a librarian, Jaron's research interests center around questions of group-work and international science collaboration where information, research, and technology are central to the work at hand. She is also interested in how changes in science and technology policy impact all people. Jaron brings more than seven years of academic experience with digital strategy and evidence-based science to her role with the Alliance for Science. Past projects include: management of the membership sustainability initiative for; Director of TEEAL, a world agricultural science information resource; and program manager for training services for Research4Life, a United Nations public-private partnership. Jaron holds dual Masters degrees in Library and Information Sciences and English from Indiana University. She is Board President (2015-2017) for Ithaca Montessori School, a non-profit early childhood education school. Jaron enjoys listening to new music, finding the funny in every situation, and reading just about everything. Follow her on Twitter @JaronPorciello. Read more about Jaron in her ACRL member of the week profile.

Workshop Details

UPDATE: Find workshop materials and handouts here!


  • 8:30AM                    Arrival & Registration
  • 9:00AM                    Welcome
  • 9:15AM                    Introductory Exercise           
  • 9:45AM                    Understanding Scholarly Communication: Framing the Issues
  • 10:15AM                  Break
  • 10:30AM                  Copyright & Publication Agreement Exercise
  • 12:00PM                  Lunch (with Birds of a Feather tables available)
  • 1:00PM                    Midday Summary - Share Out from Lunch
  • 1:15PM                    Measuring Research Impact
  • 2:30PM                    Break
  • 2:45PM                    Outreach & Programming
  • 4:00PM                    Conclusion & Wrap-Up Discussion


Welcome Breakfast and Morning Break

  • Coffee, Tea, Orange Juice, Water
  • Muffins, Donut Holes, Sliced Fruit, Cheese

Lunch – Previously chosen box lunch

Afternoon Break

  • Coffee, Tea, Water
  • Cookies, Apples, Pears, Bananas


About the Workshop


This workshop will help participants in very practical ways, such as preparing for library staff or faculty outreach (i.e., working with faculty on publication agreements, interacting in their roles as liaisons, and developing programming for faculty and/or graduate students), contextualizing collection development decisions to internal and external stakeholders, and initiating or supporting new models for scholarly communication in their libraries.

Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement

The particular focus areas of June’s workshop will be:

  • Measuring Research Impact
  • Copyright in Making and Sharing Scholarship
  • Outreach and Programming

Program Description

The goal of the program is to empower participants to help accelerate the transformation of the scholarly communication system. Participants will engage in a structured interactive program. In 2016-17, the workshop will focus on themes of:

  1. Access
  2. Emerging opportunities
  3. Intellectual property
  4. Engagement

Participants can expect to achieve learning outcomes in the four theme areas as follows:


  • Understand some of the basic economic principles that characterize the traditional scholarly publishing system and the effect they have on access to knowledge.
  • Enumerate new modes and models of scholarly communication and ways libraries and other stakeholders can support those models, including through open access policies.
  • Understand the potential that new collaborations and partnerships offer for access, advocacy, and sustainability. 
  • Consider and reflect on how alternative funding sources for scholarly publishing can impact global access.

Emerging Opportunities

  • Identify and examine current models and programming that support openness.
  • Understand new technologies and methods to advance the creation, flow, dissemination and preservation of scholarly information.
  • Discuss growing movement towards alternative methods of measuring impact of scholarship.
  • Explore models that they might consider piloting or experimenting.

Intellectual Property

  • Understand how copyright arises and identify types of material that are likely to be subject to copyright protection.
  • Identify the likely copyright owners of academic works and have a reasonable awareness of the rights attendant on such protection.
  • Be familiar with rights transfer and retention language commonly used in publishing contracts.
  • Recognize the impact that specific copyright management practices have on monopolistic pricing, impediments to access, and the stewardship of knowledge.


  • Explore methods for discovering/measuring campus opportunities and faculty activity in open access, i.e., environmental scans, focus groups, etc.
  • Identify techniques to reach out to faculty, departments, students and research groups based on their needs and library strengths, opportunities.
  • Consider piloting or experimenting with new models for creating and disseminating scholarship, including alternative funding sources, on their own campuses.
  • Increase awareness of collaborations that exist to support new forms of scholarly communications and seek new partnerships that can advance progress in these areas.
  • Consider what next steps are needed to deploy appropriate programs or pilot projects using key principles, facts, models, and messages relevant to scholarly communication plans and programs in their institutions.