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ACRL Liaisons to Professional Associations: Major Issues, Talking Points, and Resources

Main Talking Points

  • Academic librarians can assist scholars with information on how to retain their author rights.
  • Academic Librarians can assist scholars with Open Access issues.
  • Academic librarians can assist scholars in using altmetrics to measure the social media visiblity and reseach impact for their work.

Additional Resources

  1. Association of College and Research Libraries. Working Group on Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy. Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment. Chicago, IL: Association of College and Research Libraries, 2013. Published online at
  2. Peter Suber’s very succinct paper,  Open Access Overview , is a great starting point for anyone who wants to participate in an informed debate on the challenges of open access in the world of scholarship.
  3. Academic librarians can assist scholars with information on how to retain their author rights. See which is part of the Scholarly Communication toolkit at
  4. See for information on CKAN, an open source data management system that makes data accessible – by providing tools to streamline publishing, sharing, finding and using data
  5. ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee web site and resources at
 and the Scholarly Communication Toolkit at
  6. Numerous resources are available on the SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic
          Resources Coalition) web page at
  7. CHORUS (Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States) is available at

“The Clearinghouse for the Open Research of the United States (CHORUS) is a not-for-
profit public-private partnership to increase public access to peer-reviewed publications
that report on federally funded research. Conceived by publishers, CHORUS: Provides a
full solution for agencies to comply with the OSTP memo on public access to peer-
reviewed scientific publications reporting on federally funded research.”

  1. The SHared Access Research Ecosystem (SHARE) initiative, which is the proposal developed by the Association of American Universities, the Association of Research Libraries and the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities to provide open access to research required by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  1. Waltham, M. (2010). The Future of scholarly publishing among social science and humanities associations:  Report on a study funded by a planning grant from the Andrew F. Mellon Foundation. Journal of Scholarly Publishing, 41(3), 257- 324.

This article chronicles the challenges and advantages of open access for humanities and social science associations.

  1. Straumsheim, C. 1/6/14. Arguments over Open Access. Inside Higher Education at

Mary Ellen Davis participated in a panel titled ‘Open Access and Publishing in History
and the Social Sciences: Opportunities and Challenges” at the American Historical

  1. ACRL now has substantial experience with open access. Scott Walter, editor of College & Research Libraries, is available to higher education associations who are considering moving to open access.  He has talked with various ALA divisions as well as the American Anthropological Association. 

Here are his recent editorials on the subject:

  1. Interesting post from the Scholarly Kitchen (June 5, 2014) about the need to not only provide access to scientific literature, but to also make it less intimidating and more engaging for the public. 
  1. An article written by Kara Malenfant, published in C&RL titled "Leading Change in the System of Scholarly  Communication: A Case Study of Engaging Liaison Librarians for Outreach to Faculty" is a good read.