While scholarly communication and academic publishing have long been topics of interest and conversations at Dartmouth, the Library’s Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Publishing Program is a relatively new initiative. To get to know us, let’s start by answering some of the questions we have heard so far.
“What do you mean by scholarly communication?”
Typically, we’ve thought of scholarly communication as the complex system through which scholars share their research findings and ideas with the world, and which includes creation, evaluation, dissemination and preservation of those findings. At Dartmouth, the Program is focused on developing a deeper knowledge of options for sharing the results of research and teaching. New options include open access articles and scholarly monographs, openly available educational resources, and pathways to open data. With the rise of digital communication, the definition of scholarly communication now incorporates everything from formal journal articles and books to listservs, blogs, all kinds of social media, and digital publishing activities.
Quite simply, “open” means available to everybody, without restriction due to the ability to pay. However, copyright and scholarly norms of citation are still important. Look for more about open access during Open Access Week 2015, October 19-23.
“What is the Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Publishing Program?”
We are a new department that currently focuses on consulting with and reaching out to Dartmouth scholars to provide information and educational resources on open access, public access requirements from funding agencies, copyright, data management, open educational resources, and new models of publishing. Each of these issues will be covered in future posts, so let’s focus for now on the broad and general ideas. If you have questions about any of the issues, we are a great place to start!
“Who are you and what do you do?”
The Program has two full time librarians, but we work with many librarians, metadata specialists, information technology professionals, administrators, and scholars.
Barbara DeFelice, Program Director for Scholarly Communication, Copyright & Publishing
Barbara leads and coordinates the Library’s scholarly communication, copyright, and publishing program activities across campus. This is collaborative work with faculty, students, administrators, and staff, and involves developing education programs, consulting services, initiatives, and new approaches to topics such as open access, copyright and authors’ rights. These include, but are not limited to, funding for open access initiatives, the Dartmouth Academic Commons, and the Library Publishing Program.
Jen Green, Digital Scholarship Librarian
Jen works on a wide range of initiatives, including the implementation of the Faculty Open Access policy, the planning, development, and management of eventual Dartmouth Academic Commons, and managing the Open Access Fund. She coordinates and implements programs around initiatives that provide the faculty, students, and staff with current information, education, and tools for the dissemination of the results of research, scholarship, teaching, and learning.
“Where are you located?”
Our offices are located in Berry 180, which is on the main level of Baker-Berry Library near the reference and circulation desks. Because we travel around campus as we host educational events and work directly with scholars, we are in and out of our offices. If you have more questions about the Scholarly Communication Program or think you have a project we can help you with, please email us to schedule an appointment.
“Why is the Scholarly Communication Program important to me?”
The importance of making scholarly communication available openly impacts us all significantly, and it has been written and spoken about by many reputable individuals and organizations. This particular statement from the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) sums up the importance of this work nicely:
“We engage and invest in research in order to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, encourage innovation, enrich education, and stimulate the economy – to improve the public good. Communication of the results of research is an essential component of the research process; research can only advance by sharing the results, and the value of an investment in research is only maximized through wide use of its results.”
For more information, contact us! We are happy to speak with anyone who wants to learn more about the work we do and our goals for Dartmouth. You can also peruse our guide on scholarly communication, copyright, publishing, and open access issues.