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.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL)

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL)

CARLI members of ARL:

  • Northwestern University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • The University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of California, Office of Scholarly Communication

Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA)

CARLI members of BTAA:

  • Northwestern University
  • The University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

SPARC* (the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)

CARLI members of SPARC:

  • Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Northwestern University
  • Southern Illinois University Carbondale
  • The University of Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Society for Scholarly Publishing

Model Scholarly Communications Sites

Columbia University Scholarly Communication Program

Johns Hopkins University

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

University of Minnesota

University of Tennessee

Copyright and Publisher Permissions

Columbia University has an excellent site on getting permission to use a copyrighted work.

Copyright Clearance Center

Creative Commons

Creative Commons is a nonprofit corporation that provides free licenses and other legal tools to mark creative work with the freedom the creator wants it to carry, so others can share, remix, use commercially, or any combination thereof.

Innovative copyright: Unique resources for copyright education, Dodge, Lauren and Sams, Jennifer, College & Research Libraries News, 72 (2011): 596-599.


RoMEO, a service maintained by SHERPA, is a database of publisher's policies regarding the self-archiving of journal articles on the web and in Open Access repositories.

Copyright & Fair Use (Stanford University)


DASH (Harvard)


IDEALS (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign)

Institutional Repository Bibliography

OpenDOAR Directory of Open Access Repositories

Deep Blue  (University of Michigan)

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

U.S. Copyright Act



FRPAA (Federal Research Public Access Act)

Illinois Open Access to Research Articles Act Outcomes

Public Act 098-0295


Open Access Directory list of blogs

IO: In the Open

Richard Poynder

Scholarly Communication @ Duke

The Scholarly Kitchen