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Scholarly Communication Toolkit: About

Toolkit History

The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit is managed by the Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (formerly the Scholarly Communication Committee). Authorial contributions:

  • 2005: Toolkit is created by Karen Williams during a sabbatical leave from the University of Arizona. Press Release
  • 2008: Romel Espinel, LIS student intern to ACRL, updated the content and migrated the site to Drupal. Press Release
  • 2014: Toolkit is migrated to Wordpress. Press Release
  • 2016: Christine Fruin is contracted to completely revise the toolkit and migrate it from Wordpress to Libguides. ACRL Insider
  • 2019: Updated by ACRL ReSEC Toolkit Task Force
  • 2022: Updated by ACRL ReSEC Toolkit Task Force

Toolkit Management

Lead Editors

Toolkit Task Force

ACRL Liaison

How to Use the Toolkit

The Toolkit was designed to provide its users with a basic understanding of scholarly communication issues in the context of their impact upon libraries. For every issue covered here, users will find a brief introduction to the issue along with links to additional resources that have been curated and reviewed for relevancy, currency, and accuracy. Users will also find various tools, presentations, handouts and other takeaways that they can utilize as they develop their own local resources. Users are also welcome to use portions of this Toolkit LibGuide to populate their own local LibGuides.

Reuse of all materials is subject to: 

Creative Commons License
Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

Contribute to the Toolkit

We encourage contributions to the Toolkit from its users and the academic library community. If you have a tool or resource that is valuable for advocacy and to the discourse of scholarly communication, please share it. This may include a paper, presentation, handout, video, or other type of useful material.

Email your contributions to the Scholarly Communication Toolkit Editing Team. Creators will retain copyright to all materials accepted. We ask you to explicitly allow others to copy, distribute, or modify materials for local use or educational purposes with attribution by selecting a Creative Commons license for your contribution.