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  Advancing Scholarly Communication Contact:
Julia Blixrud

Institute on Scholarly Communication (ISC)

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"Increasing the Effectiveness of Your Scholarly Communication Program: Strategic Skills for Success," workshop in Indianapolis, April 9-10, 2013


The Association of Research Libraries and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) jointly sponsor the Institute on Scholarly Communication to promote the development of library-led outreach on scholarly communication issues. The institute has hundreds of alumni forming a community that provides peer support and professional sharing of information relating to campus outreach.

The institute's signature event was an immersive learning experience that prepares participants as local experts within their libraries and provides a structure for developing a program plan for scholarly communication outreach that is customized for each participant's institution. To achieve this goal, participant teams conduct an environmental scan before the institute, engage in a series of active learning experiences during the event, and create elements for a program plan for implementation at their home institution. Originally developed as a national event, in later years regional institutes sponsored by consortial partners became the norm.

A variety of other resources have been developed as part of the institute initiative. Institute resources already include freely available Web tools and webcasts. Suggestions for other resources are welcome.

Comments from Past Participants

Frances Malloy (ARL: A Bimonthly Report Oct. 2006)

Terri Fishel ( C&RL News Jan. 2007)