Scholarly Communication and
Publishing Issues
Jennifer Laherty, Digital Publishing Librarian, IUScholarWorks: Indiana University Libraries:
your faculty, their disciplines
• Faculty
• research interests and projects
• published works
• student works
• regular face to face meetings
• consider an environmental scan, see UMinn project:
• Discipline
• digital publishing initiatives in the field
• society collaborations
experience says . . .
• subject librarian = revolution point
• humanities scholars
• some, not ready – feel threatened by the loss of unique identity
• some, really ready – particularly newer and interdisciplinary fields:
communication & culture dept., informatics
• social science scholars
• SC issues don’t resonate with some scholars because of
established disciplinary solutions
• departments and their projects
• publications, theses, experimental student/faculty projects
• graduate student experience in publishing for future
generational knowledge
experience says . . .
• keep trying; keep talking and exploring
• time and money are big factors
• you will be ready
• what are the selling points to engage HSS faculty?
• collaboration
• content enhanced by technology
• societal demand; intrinsic value to opening research
• societies and associations engaging in new forms of dissemination
to keep their organizations relevant and viable
• citation counts?
• library and technology partners are good!
• focus on unique content and expertise
• Open Folklore:
scholarly communication team
(or are you it?)
• your colleagues; ask questions
• instruction on copyright and open access topics
• training
• digitizing
• notable projects in the field
• campus happenings:
• mandate for depositing research
• faculty governance support
• provost support
• office of research administration connections
• university press collaborations
• if you’re it: be sure to stay attuned to SPARC
experience says . . .
• i’m your partner
• we make up solutions as we go
• versions are hugely important to researchers
• understand limitations of preservation
• copyright will always be a part of every conversation
what is the library trying to accomplish?
• leader in campus publishing
• capturing faculty published scholarly output
• official copy of record of digital dissertations and theses
• launching new scholarly initiatives
• hosting software for journals, conferences, monographs
• copyright education
• these are faculty issues
• librarians can be a partner, educator, facilitator, servant, etc. – but
we can’t own these issues and the solutions by ourselves
what can be supported?
• develop software or use existing solutions
• know the limitations of out of the box software
• digitization
• rights checking
experience says . . .
• copyright issues will appear
• existing software can’t do it all
• institutional repository software can only be stretched so
• faculty want collaborative digital workspace
• grants are tricky – sustaining project after the $
• keep it simple
scholarly communication resources
• SPARC – The Scholarly Publishing and Academic
Resources Coalition:
• Scholarly Kitchen Blog:
• Society for Scholarly Publishing:
• ACRL ScholComm email discussion list:
• US Copyright Office:
humanities resources
• Association for Computers and the Humanities:
• NEH Office of Digital Humanities:
• Digital Humanities Summer Institute:
humanities OA publishers
• Alliance for Networking Visual Culture:
• Open Humanities Press:
• digitalculturebooks:
• Synergies, Canada’s Social Sciences & Humanities
Research Infrastructure:
social science resources
• SSRN, Social Science Research Network:
• Directory of Open Access Repositories:
• RePEc Research Papers in Economics:
• PROL: Political Research Online:
• Open Folklore:
• anthropology
• government repositories abound
• Directory of Open Access Journals:
social science OA publishers
• National Academies Press:
• RAND Corporation:
• OAPEN, Open Access Publishing European Network:
• HSRC Press, South Africa:
Jennifer Laherty, Digital Publishing Librarian, IUScholarWorks: Indiana University Libraries: