The SPARC-ACRL Forum on Emerging Issues in Scholarly Communication

At each of the semiannual conferences held by the American Library Association (ALA), SPARC and the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) conduct a meeting to introduce emerging issues in scholarly communication or explore paths for implementing new policies. The forum, which is open to all ALA meeting registrants, features a panel of experts who each present and discuss questions from the audience. The forum program is planned by the SPARC staff and approved by the SPARC steering committee.

View details on previous forums for access to presentation slides, videos, and podcasts. Questions on the SPARC-ACRL Forum may be directed to shawn [at] arl [dot] org.


Midwinter: Complying with Emerging Funder Public Access Policies: How Libraries Can Make It All Work



Midwinter: The Integration of Open Education Resources into your Library

Annual: Advancing ‘Open’ through Library Partnerships with Students and Early Career Researchers 


Midwinter: Connecting Articles and Data to Expand Open Access to Research

Annual: Evaluating the Quality of Open Access Content


Midwinter: Life Beyond the Impact Factor: The Promise and Perils of Article Level Metrics

Annual: Understanding the Implications of Open Education: MOOCs and More

Midwinter: Getting the Rights Right

AnnualCampus Open Access Funds: The State of Play


Midwinter: Marketplace: Open Access and the changing state of scholarly publishing


Midwinter: The ebook transition: Collaborations and innovations behind open-access monographs

Annual: State of play: “Big Moves” to create change in scholarly communication (No slides or recording for this event)


Midwinter: The transformative potential of Open Educational Resources

Annual: Rough waters: Navigating hard times in the scholarly communication marketplace


Midwinter: Working with the Facebook Generation: Engaging student views on access to scholarship

Annual: Campus Open Access Policies: The Harvard Experience and How to Get There


Midwinter: Public Access: Emerging Federal Research Access Policies and How They'll Affect Your Library

Annual: Course check: A conversation with three open access publishers about the challenges of sustainability


Midwinter: Authors and Authority: Perspectives and Negotiating Licenses and Copyright

Annual: Open Data


Midwinter: In the Public Interest: Open Access and Public Policy

Annual: Three Big Ideas Transforming Scholarly Communication


Midwinter: Open Access: Getting From Here to There

Annual: Scholarly Communication in the Humanities: Does Open Access Apply?


Midwinter: And Then There Was One: Industry Consolidation in Journal Publishing and What it Means for Libraries

Annual: Creating Change: Best Practices in Campus Advocacy


Midwinter: Academic Institutions Transforming Scholarly Communications

Annual: Open Access to Scholarship: Paths for Libraries


Midwinter: Creating Change: Tailoring a Campaign to Fit Your Community

Annual : Outward Bound: Effecting Change in Scholarly Communication from Outside the Library


Annual: Are You Ready to Create Change?