ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit Call for Applications

Illinois Association of College & Research Libraries Forum (IACRL)

June 4, 2016

(via ACRL)

ACRL is accepting applications from prospective contract editors for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit, an online educational resource maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee to support advocacy efforts designed to transform the scholarly communication landscape. The Toolkit aims to assist academic librarians in the following areas.

  • integrating a scholarly communication perspective into library operations and programs; and
  • preparing presentations on scholarly communication issues for administrators, faculty, staff, students, or other librarians


  • membership in ACRL
  • demonstrated experience with advocating for positive change in the scholarly communication ecosystem
  • knowledge of a wide range of scholarly communication issues as pertaining to academic and research libraries and higher education
  • experience with creating and maintaining online resources on various scholarly communication topics
  • demonstrated ability to work autonomously with a tight schedule
  • available to provide updates during periodic conference calls with designated members on the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee
  • must be able to complete a revamp of the Toolkit by Sept. 23, 2016

Strongly Preferred

  • experience with the design and usability of online resources
  • ability to publish online content using WordPress
  • familiarity with the Chicago Style

Based on the findings of a survey conducted in mid-2015 and the inputs from different parties, the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee plans to revamp the Toolkit so that it will continue to serve as a valued and up-to-date resource for the academic and research library community. Specifically, the Toolkit will provide an introduction to select topics in the area of scholarly communication and connect colleagues with resources that are useful for their professional practices. The contract editor’s responsibilities include the following.

  • update and create content on six scholarly communication topics (author rights, digital repositories, economics of scholarly communication, open educational resources, research data management, and scholarly publishing)
  • present information in an engaging manner
  • review, select, and link to materials that inform and support librarians’ practices in the area of scholarly communication
  • conduct basic usability testing and incorporate feedback into the Toolkit design

The revamped Toolkit should be available approximately one month before this year’s Open Access Week (Oct. 24-30, 2016). ACRL will provide a modest honorarium to the contract editor.

How to apply:
To apply, please submit the following documents electronically as a single PDF document.

  • a statement addressing the following areas (maximum 800 words)–please use examples of your professional experiences, including links to relevant resources

       --Why do you want to be the contract editor of the Toolkit?

      --Demonstrate your knowledge of scholarly communication issues by discussing two topics of your

        choice in detail               

      --What experience do you have in creating and maintaining online resources?

      --Are there relevant experiences of which you would like us to be aware?

  • your resume
  • the names and contact information for two references who have direct knowledge of your experience and expertise

The single PDF application must be submitted via email by 7:00 PM CST on Monday, June 20, 2016, to Steven Harris, member of the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, at ACRL has formed a small review team to consider applications and conduct telephone interviews. The group will select the contract editor and notify all applicants by July 19, 2016. If you have questions of any kind, don’t hesitate to contact Steven Harris at or (775) 682-5671.

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