Call for volunteers: Communications working group

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––– Please respond by March 30, 2018 –––

FORCE11 is seeking volunteers for a new communications working group. The group will take responsibility for engaging the FORCE11 and wider scholarly communications community, with an initial focus on ensuring that FORCE11’s initiatives and events are successfully promoted to as wide a potential audience as possible.

The group’s purpose:

  • To support the aims and objectives of FORCE11

  • To encourage wider membership of FORCE11

  • To manage communications channels and activities, including the FORCE11 website, email newsletter, discussion list and social media channels


Specific responsibilities for volunteers will include:

  • Joining regular web-based conference calls

  • Taking on tasks such as sending an email newsletter, circulating an announcement via social media and / or discussion lists, adding news items to the FORCE11 website, or interviewing members / delegates to capture quotes / copy for marketing purposes

  • Writing promotional copy, articles, blog postings and social media content to help promote FORCE11

  • Designing visual materials for use on the web or in print

  • Reporting on the impact of communications efforts, via web traffic or social media reports

  • Assisting in the marketing of the annual FORCE11 conference and FORCE11 Scholarly Communications Summer Institute.

  • Helping to ensure the FORCE11 Board of Directors and other staff / committees are updated about activities and results


The group will be chaired by a member of the FORCE11 Board of Directors. Volunteers should be members of FORCE11 (it’s free to join!) and will ideally represent a wide range of FORCE11 stakeholder types. Experience with communications tactics and tools is helpful, but not mandatory. Good web connectivity, web literacy, and a willingness to learn are critical.

FORCE 11 comprises scholars, librarians, archivists, publishers and research funders who are passionate about improving the processes by which knowledge is created and shared. If you too believe change is needed, please volunteer to help us promote our efforts!


To find out more and to volunteer, please contact by March 30, 2018.

Publication Date: 
Saturday, March 10, 2018