Jeanne Hoover is the Head of Scholarly Communication at East Carolina University. She recently took part in our “Five Questions” series to tell us about her role.
1. Describe your current scholcomm position?
I am the head of our Scholarly Communication Department in Academic Library Services at East Carolina University. Our department focuses on scholarly communication and collection development. Our work involves faculty and student outreach, collaborating with colleagues in and outside the library on scholcomm topics, investigating and promoting sustainable scholarship initiatives, and supporting some of our library’s textbook affordability programs. I coordinate our mini-grant textbook program, open access publishing support fund, provide workshops on scholarly communication topics, and manage our institutional repository.
2. What attracted you to scholcomm work?
In my previous position, I was a science librarian and I found that a lot of my work overlapped and complemented scholarly communication. My interest grew in it and I had the opportunity to move to scholarly communication. One of the things that initially attracted me to scholcomm work is that it is constantly evolving, although that can bring its own challenges.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I think these two pieces of my job continue to be the most rewarding:
I enjoy seeing the impact of our mini-grant program and other textbook affordability initiatives at our library, making education more affordable and therefore accessible and equitable. It’s exciting to talk to faculty who are starting with OER or library resources as their course materials for a new class.
I really enjoy learning about others’ research, and in turn supporting them to make their research available, whether through our IR, open access publishing, or depositing data. There is some fascinating work being done at our institution and it’s exciting to help researchers with making their work as accessible as possible.
4. If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the scholcomm ecosystem, what would it be?
My first response is more funding for open science and open education initiatives, but that’s a few things.
Right now, I would say a US National Open Access Policy to make funded research results immediately available without an embargo. We see similar policies work successfully in other countries and saw the impact of accessible and open research with the pandemic. There isn’t a reason for us to not have a policy. On a local level, I work with faculty at our institution to comply with funder OA policies, like NIH, and it would be easier for the researcher and the funder if the research results were available immediately and automatically.
5. If you were not a scholcomm librarian, what would you be?
In libraries, I would be a science librarian again!
Outside libraries, I’d probably stay in education or go back to school to study industrial/organizational psychology. It could also be fun to do background research for podcasts or shows.