Libraries in Process Community Call: Take 2

February saw us run into a few technical issues, but no fear! We’re running our speakers back and this time you’ll be able to connect.

So, join the ASERL Scholarly Communications Interest Group for our third Libraries in Process community call. We’ll be looking at data from a non-STEM perspective. We have two great presenters: Sherry Lake, Scholarly Repository Librarian at the University of Virginia and Raeda Anderson, Quantitative Data Specialist for the Social Sciences at Georgia State University. Our presenters will be sharing their work in process, but we’re looking for your questions, comments, and experience, so join us Thursday, March 26 at 3:30pm Eastern/2:30pm Central for an hour of insight and conversation.

Interested in sharing on a topic you’re working on? E-mail Jason Burton or Ellen Ramsey and sign-up to lead a future Libraries in Process.


To join Libraries in Process from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

For audio, you can dial in using your phone.

United States: tel:+1-646-749-3112

Access Code: 323-386-045

Or you can use your computer’s mic & speakers.


5 Questions with Darcee Olson


Darcee Olson is the Copyright & Scholarly Communication Policy Director at Louisiana State University. She recently took part in our “Five Questions” series to tell us about her role.

1. Describe your current scholcomm position?
As LSU Libraries Copyright and Scholarly Communications Policy Director, I inform the Libraries’ administration on copyright and scholarly communications policy internally and externally, as part of developing and implementing the Libraries’ scholarly communication strategy. I provide insight into license negotiations, and offer weekly copyright workshops in the library as well as department specific trainings in copyright and its exceptions. I provide information to grad students, faculty and researchers to help them understand publishing agreements, explore publication options and clarify concepts around authors’ rights. I’ve also offered an OER workshop at Baton Rouge Community College.

2. What attracted you to scholcomm work?

LSU Libraries’ Dean Stanley Wilder offered me the opportunity to join a collaborative team, working to redefine the libraries’ role in the research and publishing lifecycle. My first day at LSU was the day the Provost announced that LSU Libraries would not be renewing their big deal agreement with Elsevier. I’m thrilled to be working with the libraries’ teams as they move forward in this new environment.

3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Collaborating. Transforming silos into Venn diagrams. Every aspect of my work intersects with someone else. Whether I’m providing copyright information to LSU’s online instructional design team, or working with our licensing team to hammer out vendor terms and accessibility issues, or helping authors understand the full range of their options as they navigate publication agreements, there are always new possibilities to explore. Scholarly Communication is evolving at LSU. I benefit from my colleagues deep knowledge and experience in their respective fields. I’m learning as much as I’m teaching as we all break new ground.

4. If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the scholcomm ecosystem, what would it be?
If I had a magic wand.. improved library funding would be a first wish, with a crystal ball a close second. We are in an era of tremendous change and it would be very useful to be able to see the future of collections development, user data privacy and university publishing. LSU Libraries’ goal is to provide advocacy and support for the entire cycle of research and publication, but there is no clearly defined best way forward in a post big-deal ecosystem. I’m working with a great team, but perhaps because of my attorney training, I keep looking for precedent and a clearly defined path to follow. Frequently, there isn’t one. New options require analysis and consideration, without getting stuck in interminable deliberation. A crystal ball would help. Communication with colleagues inside and outside of LSU is vital. Organizations like ASERL play a critical role in facilitating real time exchange of information.

5. If you were not a scholcomm librarian, what would you be?
That’s a tough question. I could be very happy back at the Program in Comparative Media Law and Policy at Oxford University. I also loved the time I spent teaching copyright in San Francisco and could see myself continuing to teach. There is so much new ground being broken in scholarly communications at this moment in time and at LSU Libraries that I’m very happy to be right where I am. The constant collaboration on new projects makes this copyright/scholarly communications mash-up an ideal match for the skills I bring to the job and the type of work I enjoy. I’d like to stretch my current position to do more to support accessibility, inclusion and data privacy. These are Venn diagram issues that nest into the scholarly communications sphere, but they impact other departments and need to be addressed on several fronts.

Libraries in Process Community Call

Join the ASERL Scholarly Communications Interest Group Friday, November 22nd at 10am EST/9am CST for the second installment of our community call series, Libraries in Process. This month we will be looking at library publishing with an exciting group of presenters:

  • Jody Bailey, Head of the Scholarly Communications Office at Emory University
  • Sam Byrd, Scholarly Publishing Librarian at VCU Libraries
  • Anna Craft, Coordinator of Metadata Services at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Devin Soper, Director of the Office of Digital Research & Scholarship at Florida State University Libraries

After Jody, Sam, Anna, and Devin share their work, it’s your turn. We’ll open the floor for you to share your experiences in library publishing and pick the brains of everyone on the call.

Interested in sharing on a topic you’re working on? E-mail Jason Burton or Ellen Ramsey and sign-up to lead a future Libraries in Process.


To join Libraries in Process from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

For audio, you can dial in using your phone.

United States: tel:+1-646-749-3112

Access Code: 323-386-045

Or you can use your computer’s mic & speakers.

ASERL Scholarly Communications Interest Group Community Call: Libraries In Process

Librarians do a great job of working together to brainstorm new ideas. They have mastered the art of reporting back their successes and sharing their frustrations. But what about the middle? Do we share the process, the works in progress? The ASERL Scholarly Communications Interest Group wants to help you share your Libraries In Process. Our new community call will be a forum for 2-3 librarians and information professionals to share the work they are immersed in and give their peers the chance to provide feedback and advice in the moment.

Our first Libraries In Process call is on a perennial Fall topic, outreach. Join us Friday, October 4 at 2EDT/1CDT to for a conversation on reaching out and garnering interest. Curious about the types of projects you might hear about? The University of Virginia Library is in the middle stages of an ORCID outreach project. Faculty are encouraged to verify their affiliation with the University of Virginia using  a UVA-ORCID Connector web service. The outreach mechanism is personalized invitation letters to UVA authors with known ORCIDs with an embedded link to the Connector service, and a link to an ORCID at UVA information page,

If you’re interested in taking 10 minutes to share your current outreach efforts, how you got there, and your sense of how things are going, reach out to Jason Burton or Ellen Ramsey to sign up to share. Those not sharing, stay on the line. We’ll open the floor for constructive feedback, comments, and questions.

Do you have a scholarly communications topic you’d like to hear discussed? Suggest a topic for a future call by letting Jason Burton or Ellen Ramsey know.

LOGIN:  Please join the online meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

AUDIO:  Telephone connections seem to work better than VOIP.

Dial:  1-646-749-3112

Access Code: 323-386-045

* Or you can use your computer’s mic & speakers if desired.