ALA Annual 2017: ALCTS Scholarly Communication Interest Group Program

When:  Jun 24, 2017 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM (CT)

We are excited to announce a special panel discussion at 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting organized by the ALCTS Scholarly Communication Interest Group.


Date and time: 6/24/2017 from 1:00-2:30PM 

Where: Hyatt Regency McCormick (HRM) Clark/CC 22AB

Chicago, Illinois 


Title: Understanding Academic Research: Free and Low-Cost Tools & Workflows



Mike Taylor

Head of Metrics Development, Digital Science


William Gunn

Director of Scholarly Communications, Mendeley


Karen Gutzman

Impact and Evaluation Librarian, Galter Health Sciences Library

Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine




Kristi Homes

Director, Galter Health Sciences Library

Director of Evaluation, Northwestern University Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute


Program description:

Much of the academic research world remains available only to institutions that are able to pay for subscriptions to specific tools and resources. However, over the last few years, vendors, funders, and other organizations have developed a number of free and low-cost tools targeted to a range of stakeholders. These tools and resources help support users inside and beyond institutions to discover, understand and use academic research.


This panel will highlight a number of favorite free and low-cost tools. Panelists will offer diverse perspectives, including best practices, real-life examples, and information on how you can use the tools to support your patrons as they discover, understand and use academic research. Resources to be presented include: Altmetric, ORCID, Mendeley, Google Scholar, Figshare, Overleaf, iCite, RePORTER, and more. Finally, the panel will publish an engaging poster with their top tips, and will make these posters available to attendees at their panel.


On behalf of the ALCTS Scholarly Communication Interest Group

Violeta Ilik, Chair

Michael Priehs, Vice-Chair