May 25, 2022

Now Available: Draft of ACRL Scholarly Communications Research Agenda, Feedback Welcome

From ACRL:

Rebecca Kennison and Nancy Maron, selected by ACRL to design, develop, and deliver a new research agenda for scholarly communications and the research environment, have been hard at work since March 2018 with guidance and input from ACRL’s Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC).

ACRL is now seeking public comment on a draft document by COB Friday, January 4, 2019.


By sharing this draft publicly for feedback, ACRL seeks to continue the robust community engagement, which has included input from over 1,000 individuals via expert interviews, online focus groups, a survey, and large group conversations at major conferences. ACRL wants the final document to be as helpful as possible both in guiding academic librarians on actions that can be taken now to promote a more open system of scholarship and identifying essential areas that merit further investigation.

Your comments will be most helpful by addressing these areas:

  1. Suggestions regarding the major categories of people, content, and systems.
  2. Examples of recent publications to cite, work currently underway, and notable projects just getting started.
  3. Additional research questions—or variants of the questions—that you feel are important.

Add your comments publicly to the draft research agenda by COB Friday, January 4, 2019. Or share your comments privately with Nancy, Rebecca, and ReSEC member leaders via a feedback form.

Direct to Draft Document
150 pages; Google Doc.

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