Mariann Samuel is the Head of Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Science Collections at the University of Georgia. We asked her “Five Questions” to learn more about her and her role.
1. Describe your current scholcomm position.
I respond to and build awareness of copyright on the UGA campus for teaching and research, with particular emphasis on promoting knowledge of educational fair use. I work in a team environment to promote UGA’s digital institutional repository, including setting its collection policy and author publishing agreement. I work with campus stakeholders in defining the scope of data management services. To that end, I also review grant applications for compliance with data management plan funder requirements as needed. I administer a newly launched Open Access publishing fund for graduate students to publish open access.
2. What attracted you to scholcomm work?
Mainly the notion of equity and access to publicly funded research.
3. What is the most rewarding part of your job?
Helping to promote UGA faculty and student work.
4. If you had a magic wand and could change one thing in the scholcomm ecosystem, what would it be?
Creating more competition in the scholarly publishing market, which would be better for libraries as consumers. Changing the tenure system to make it more accepting of broader measures of success and influence beyond the current bean-counting regime in place.
5. If you were not a scholcomm librarian, what would you be?
Criminal defense attorney.