Anna Craft is the Coordinator of Scholarly Communications at UNC Greensboro’s University Libraries. We asked her “Five Questions” to learn more about her and her role.
1. Describe your current scholcomm position.
I started out at UNCG in a metadata-focused position that had some scholcomm aspects, including institutional repository oversight. As needs in the library and on campus have changed, I’ve taken on increasing responsibility in scholcomm areas, including supporting open journal publishing, providing leadership with open access efforts, and offering training and outreach related to many scholcomm topics. In the fall of 2021, my position title changed to officially reflect these scholarly communication responsibilities.
2. What attracted you to scholcomm work?
The importance of open access, and the opportunities in the field for learning, solving problems, and building relationships with colleagues and researchers. There’s a lot of variety in scholarly communications work, which keeps things interesting.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I really enjoy getting to build relationships with students, faculty, staff, and other researchers on campus and helping to support their scholarship. As questions come up about OA sharing, publishing, funding, and other scholcomm areas, it is really gratifying when I’m able to connect researchers to support that meets their needs.
4. If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the scholcomm ecosystem, what would it be?
I would love to magically require transparency about the economics of and participation in the scholarship process. Who is doing the labor? Where is the money going? Who is getting paid–or not getting paid–for their work? Who is being left out of these processes? (And while I’m at it, I’d apply that transparency to predatory journals, too.)
5. If you were not a scholcomm librarian, what would you be?
My background is in metadata, cataloging, and technical services, so probably something in one of those areas!