Summer scholarly communication plans

May means summer for those of us in higher ed, and if your library is like mine, summer means projects (and construction…ALWAYS construction). Here’s what I, and a few of our ASERL colleagues, have planned for our summer of scholcomm!

Robin @ Johns Hopkins: continuing work on the draft OA policy for JHU; overhauling the scholcomm libguide

Melanie @ Emory: redeveloping the ETD repository; finalizing brand new Scholarly Communications Office website

Jeanne @ ECU: hiring a Data Services Librarian; working on the textbook initiative; developing tutorials on scholcomm topics

Molly (me!) @ Wake Forest: planning for integration of the Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication team and Teaching & Learning Center in renovated library space mid-fall; developing Digital Humanities/Scholarship faculty workshop series for AY2017-18

What are you working on this summer? Email me, and I’ll add it to our list!

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Hillary & the ScholComm & Publishing division @ VCU: kicking off our new Affordable Course Content Awards program; hiring a Research Data Librarian, holding scholarly communications workshops for library faculty and staff; refining OA publishing fund guidelines; working toward publication of new OA journals and monographs; review of ETD processes and requirements

Devin @ FSU: working with the inaugural winners of our alternative textbook grants program to adopt, remix, and create open textbooks for their courses; facilitating our first Know Your CopyRights! internal training workshop series; OA policy implementation efforts, including automated metadata harvesting and bulk-soliciting post-prints from authors who published in Yellow SR journals in 2016

Laura @ GSU: develop/redevelop a graduate student workshop series focusing on fair use/permission in dissertations, fair use/permissions in teaching, and author rights in publishing; plan for an ORCiD push in the fall; and take the Georgia Bar Exam in late July [Good luck, Laura!]

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Brandon, Chip, Dave, Sherry, & Ellen @ UVA: on June 23, hosted the Virginia Scholarly Communication Interest Group forum, with 30 attendees from libraries and organizations around the Commonwealth (this group has been meeting twice a year for four years now); August soft launch of final phase of our scholarly repository replacement project: Libra Open, which will join Libra ETD and Libra Data as modern containers for all kinds of open products of research generated by UVa scholars; actively building an open access journal publishing service, coming months will bring some exciting developments; summer is scholcomm org-building time, including overhauling our web presence for copyright and scholarly communication advocacy

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Claudia @ MSU: Claudia Holland left George Mason University and is now the first scholarly communication librarian at Mississippi State University Libraries. Three years ago, the library established five committees in the areas of open access, OER, institutional repositories, copyright education, and data management for the purposes of: assessing the University community’s knowledge about these and related issues; offering internal library education, as needed; and planning for services for/outreach to the university community. During that time, MSU’s institutional repository was established, numerous in-house trainings and external workshops on these topics were offered, a website was created, and a summit on data services was held. Claudia will be working with her new colleagues to plan and implement the next steps in the library’s SC journey. Planning priorities include advancing OER/OT adoption, increasing deposits in the IR, and collaborating with MSU’s Office of Research and Economic Development to address grant compliance (e.g., funder required DMPs & access to scholarship produced by grantees).