ASERL Libraries in Process Community Call: ScholComm Certificates

Please join the ASERL Scholarly Communications interest group as we continue our Libraries in Process community call series on Monday, September 20, 2021, at 11:00 AM Eastern / 10:00 AM Central. The topic of this session is ScholComm Certificate Programs, and we are delighted to hear from three speakers about three different programs. Brad Ost will talk about the SPARC Open Education Leadership Program, Lauren Bellard will share about the Creative Commons Certificate, and Will Cross will speak about the Open Education Network’s Certificate in OER Librarianship. The remainder of the session will be devoted to Q&A with our speakers, and a discussion of other related programs or courses.

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Do you have any recommendations for future call topics? Are you interested in sharing about your own ScholComm experiences? Please contact Zach Lukemire or Devin Soper to let us know!

Libraries in Process Community Call: Open Access Outreach in 2021

Please join the ASERL Scholarly Communications Interest Group for our latest Libraries in Process community call on Friday, June 4, 2021, at 2:00 Eastern / 1:00 Central. The topic of this discussion is Open Access Outreach in 2021:

  • How do we do outreach about open access now that it has gone mainstream?
  • Now that the large commercial academic publishers have their own communication and business strategies around OA and are reaching authors directly – does that change our strategy and messaging at all?
  • How have the attitudes of authors on our campuses changed? Do they still have misconceptions, and, if so, are they the same or different from those we encountered 5 or 10 years ago?
  • How does the advent of transformative agreements and read and publish deals change our messaging, if at all? What about the growing trend and community of practice around the cancellation of big-deal journal packages?

Camille Thomas, Scholarly Communications Librarian at Florida State, and Darcee Olson, Copyright & Scholarly Communication Policy Director at Louisiana State, will speak to us about these questions and more to generate discussion on this timely topic, so please come open to sharing your questions and experiences!

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Are you interested in sharing about a topic you’re working on? E-mail Zach Lukemire or Devin Soper to coordinate a future Libraries in Process call.

Libraries in Process Community Call: OER advocacy in a time of remote teaching

Join the ASERL Scholarly Communications Interest Group for our fourth Libraries in Process community call on Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EDT. We’ll be taking a look at Open Educational Resources (OER) advocacy in an age of remote teaching. We are pleased to have Katy Miller, Student Success and Textbook Affordability Librarian at the University of Central Florida, kick us off with an update on her work in this area. This will be a very informal, discussion-based call – please come with your questions, experiences, and thoughts to share!

Katy Miller is the Student Success/Textbook Affordability Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries. She is currently serving as the library’s Interim Department Head for Student Learning and Engagement. Before joining UCF, she worked as a Title V grant Project Director for the East Campus of Valencia College and Library Director for Valencia’s Winter Park Campus. She is interested in how libraries can connect with students and develop strategies to position the library as an essential part of their academic journey.


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5 Questions with Mary Ann Jones

Associate Professor Mary Ann Jones.  (photo by Logan Kirkland / © Mississippi State University)

Associate Professor Mary Ann Jones.
(photo by Logan Kirkland / © Mississippi State University)

Mary Ann Jones is the Scholarly Communication Services Coordinator at Mississippi State University.  She recently took part in our “Five Questions” series to tell us about her new role. 

1. Describe your current scholcomm position?
My current position is to coordinate the Scholarly Communication Services at the Mississippi State University Libraries. I moved into this position July 1, 2019 from my previous position of Coordinator of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions, so the transition is still happening and I’m still learning about my new role. In this position, I work to bring awareness to campus of all scholcomm elements including open access, open educational resources, data management, copyright, author’s rights, impact metrics, researcher identification, etc. Currently, I’m an office of one, but have many resources at my disposal from research librarians, special collections librarians, digital media specialists, instructional technologists, etc., I could not do scholarly communication outreach without the rest of the library to back me up. Outreach and teaching are my primary concentrations while I get my feet wet and learn about all that is involved with being a ScholComm Librarian.

2. What attracted you to scholcomm work?

Money! In my previous position I was hands on with the rising cost of resources and my first passion for scholcomm was open access to research. I stayed frustrated at the cost of journals and the lack of access we were able to provide. Constant review of journals and cancellations to stay in budget became the primary focus of managing electronic resources, so advocating for open access was logical. It wasn’t until MSU started our scholarly communication initiative in 2014 that I got involved in other aspects of scholcomm when I chaired the Institutional Repository committee. Once I was more attuned to the myriad of other scholcomm issues I was “all in” and wanted to do more. When MSU hired our first scholarly communication librarian I started learning from her and getting more involved in teaching other scholcomm areas resulting in where I am today!

3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
I’m still learning, but so far, it’s been the enthusiasm from the Student Association to partner with the library on an Open Educational Resources proposal to the University administration. Working with the SA president and seeing his commitment to bringing OERs to campus has helped jump start administration awareness of the need for not only OERs, but other scholcomm issues like open access and open data. I’ve also been fortunate that I am the current Vice President of Faculty Senate, so I’ve had additional occasions to address administration about scholcomm issues. Using OERs as a gateway into a more robust conversation, I’ve been able to address the need for administration to support other areas of scholarly communication; consequently, an open data initiative discussion is now happening with our Office of Research and Economic Development. I’m just getting started, but I already feel rewarded just by having the opportunity to advocate for open research issues.

4. If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the scholcomm ecosystem, what would it be?
I would wave that magic want and do away with predatory publishers. In my short time as a scholcomm librarian, the greatest barrier I’ve encountered to open access is by far the reputation of predatory publishers. Even above and beyond the notion of article processing charges, how to avoid predatory publishing is the most often asked question and concern of authors. Researchers simply want to disseminate their research but are afraid of open access due to the reputation predatory publishing has in the rank and file faculty population. I truly believe that if predatory publishing was a non-issue, open access would be easier for researchers to accept and even advocate for in their fields of expertise.

5. If you were not a scholcomm librarian, what would you be?
As a librarian, I most likely I would still be the Coordinator of Electronic Resources and Acquisitions. Not as a librarian? Maybe PR or some other area of communication in either politics or corporate human resources.