Director, Policy, Planning and Outreach
University of California
University of Utah
The systems supporting scholarly communication are rapidly evolving. Academic libraries and their parent institutions are adopting strategies, making plans, and taking action to respond to the changing environment and to influence its development. Believing that meaningful research can inform and assist the entire academic community in influencing and managing this evolution, the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) convened an invitational meeting in July, 2007, to collectively brainstorm about the evidence needed and the research gaps to inform strategic planning and action for scholarly communication programs. Principals from ACRL, the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI), the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC), Ithaka, and the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) participated.
A report presents the synthesized results of the meeting — a framework for a research agenda that ranges from deeper understanding of cyberinfrastructure to the interaction between public policy and scholarly publishing. This briefing session will present the framework and, as the report itself does, invite those engaged in creating, supporting, and distributing scholarship to refine and extend the issues and possible research initiatives. Without substantive comment from librarians and their partners, the goal of outlining a community research agenda cannot be considered complete.
Handout (MS Word)