Towson Conference for Academic Libraries
The Scholarly Communication Assessment Forum (SCAF) was planned to be held on the Sacramento State campus on May 4 & 5, 2020. When pandemic-related shelter-in-place restrictions were imposed in mid-March and it became clear an in-person event would be impossible, the project team had to quickly shift to a virtual event. While quickly changing the format of the event was challenging, there were also unexpected benefits. The project team was able to collect much richer data by recording all sessions and breakout discussions. Extending the timeline for the project also allowed for more in depth analysis of forum transcripts and considered writing time to create the white paper and rubric.
This session will provide conference attendees with the lessons learned from the process of reimagining a long-planned event in the context of the unique challenges posed early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, along with the broader implications for keeping these types of events virtual in the future. In addition, the presenters will share themes discussed during the forum, as well as the SCAF whitepaper and rubrics expected to be released in December 2021.
Emily K. Chan, Daina Dickman, and Nicole Lawson. "In-Person to Virtual in Six Weeks: Moving a Conference Online due to COVID-19" Towson Conference for Academic Libraries (2021).