Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy

(26 March 2013) ACRL announces the publication of a new white paper, Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy: Creating Strategic Collaborations for a Changing Academic Environment, written by a working group of leaders from many areas of the association.

This white paper explores and articulates three intersections between scholarly communication and information literacy:

  1. economics of the distribution of scholarship (including access to scholarship, the      changing nature of scholarly publishing, and the education of students to be knowledgeable content consumers and content creators);
  2. digital literacies (including teaching new technologies and rights issues, and the      emergence of multiple types of non-textual content); and
  3. our changing roles (including the imperative to contribute to the building of new infrastructures for scholarship, and deep involvement with creative approaches to teaching).

“These intersections indicate areas of strategic realignment for academic librarians so that our libraries can be resilient in the face of tremendous change in the scholarly information environment,” said Barbara DeFelice, past chair of the ACRL Scholarly Communication Committee and director of the digital resources and scholarly communication programs at the Dartmouth College Library.

After elaborating on each intersection, the paper provides strategies for librarians from different backgrounds to initiate collaborations within their own campus environments between information literacy and scholarly communication. Erin Ellis, head of libraries instructional services at the University of Kansas and chair of ACRL’s Student Learning and Information Literacy Committee, noted that, “developing new collaborations between information literacy and scholarly communication programs is an important strategic response to the changing academic environment.”

This white paper is issued as both a downloadable PDF and an interactive online format. Readers are encouraged to add comments and reactions in order to help further the conversation.

This white paper complements the recently published ACRL book Common Ground at the Nexus of Information Literacy and Scholarly Communication, edited by Stephanie Davis-Kahl and Merinda Kaye Hensley.

Read the entire announcement here: