TRLN Institute 2017    

Supporting New Directions and Projects

in Scholarly Communication

June 26-28, 2017

Do you care about how scholarship is created? Disseminated? Preserved? Do you have ideas about how you can work together on those issues with others at TRLN universities?  

Supported by programmatic funds from the Collections Council, the TRLN Institute provides a dedicated time and place for teams from different backgrounds across TRLN institutions to devote concentrated time to exploring creative strategies and forging new collaborations in scholarly communication. Participants will conclude their time at the Institute with concrete, actionable steps for further work. Groups will make presentations at the TRLN Annual Meeting about their projects.

Applicants to the TRLN  Institute will propose a working group of four to six individuals who together bring a diverse range of perspectives to a particular topic within this year’s theme of Scholarly Communication. These groups will spend three days discussing their proposed projects with each other and with the group as a whole. There will be opportunities to interact in large groups and small in a mix of structured and informal settings. The Institute will be held June 26-28, 2017. You can see our full agenda.

Teams may include students, faculty, and staff from TRLN institutions, including members from outside the libraries.  We expect participants to attend the entire Institute (Monday-Wednesday).  All teams should be diverse, with members from across institutions and job functions.  Although the teams will not be required to execute their entire plans during the Institute, team proposals should result in concrete next steps.  These steps may form the beginning of a larger project.

Examples of potential projects include:

  • Training and collective action for copyright education in the mold of Harvard’s First Responders program or UNC’s Peer to Peer Copyright Network.

  • Training and collaborative efforts around popular communications and outreach. For example, planning workshops on writing for a popular audience, taking compelling pictures, etc.

  • Seeding a major discussion on open materials and new forms of scholarly communication that goes to the provost level and generates talking points to arm our Directors when they speak with high-level campus administration.

  • Developing lines of communication across TRLN for scholarly communications, such as more robust website space for joint statements and generating case studies or white papers on scholarly communications issues.

  • Developing best practices for applying rights statements to digital collections in order to promote their wider use.

 Successful proposals will identify a compelling opportunity for collaboration and include diverse group members with clearly-defined roles in addressing this opportunity.