Related product Scholarly Communication


The creation, dissemination and consumption of research and scholarship are essential to higher education. Faculty, students and academic librarians are individually and collectively engaged in a complex web of scholarly communication. It is indisputable that scope, structure and economics of scholarly communication are currently undergoing fundamental transformation.

CARLI, as a geographically defined and very diverse academic library consortium, may seem to be on the periphery of the controversies surrounding changes in—or alternatives to—traditional models of publishing, information delivery and determining the value of information. Consider, however, that:

  • CARLI libraries serve the information needs of over 950,000 students and faculty;
  • While you may think that research and publication are predominantly the province of large research universities, faculty at every CARLI institution are actively creating scholarship and regularly publishing their work;
  • CARLI members collectively consume tens of millions of dollars of scholarly publishing;
  • Most academic library budgets, regardless of size and type, were static or declining even before the current recession.

The issues of scholarly communication are important to CARLI’s members and, therefore, to the consortium. Much good work has already gone into creating and compiling topical discussions, guidance, documents and templates that allow individual scholars and librarians to more fully understand and better control the creation and dissemination of information. The resources highlighted on this page are intended to inform and assist librarians and faculty in playing an active and positive role in making their scholarship available in an equitable and economically viable manner.


Model Scholarly Communications Sites

Copyright and Publisher Permissions


Cornell University published Repository Principles and Strategies Handbook, a two-year product of a team within the university library.  It is for both new and existing repository managers. "Although some language and recommendations are specific to Cornell University Library environment, we encourage its non-commercial use and reuse by others. To this end, we have released this handbook under a CC-BY-NC license." There is both a wiki version and a PDF version. - July 2018

Professional Development

  • ACRL Scholarly Communications Toolkit - Revised October 2016
    • "The Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee (ReSEC), continues to provide content and context on a broad range of scholarly communications topics and offers resources and tools for the practitioner." - ACRL Press  Release (10/6/2016)
  • Copyright for Librarians (Berkman Center for Internet and Society, Harvard)
  • Teaching Copyright (Electronic Frontier Foundation)

Legislation and Policy

Illinois Open Access to Research Articles Act Outcomes

Public Act 098-0295