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Scholarly Communication Strategies

Scholarly communication strategies for the library to support the mission and vision of its institution. Given at Mina Rees Library, CUNY Graduate Center.

Starr Hoffman, PhD, MLS, MA

on 26 September 2013

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Transcript of Scholarly Communication Strategies

Scholarly Communication Strategies
the academic library as the "go-to" place
Library Support & Services
Scholarly Social Networks
Digital Collections
Archiving / Storage / Preservation
Institutional Repository
Research :: Conversation
Support & Services
Foster Research Conversations
as a Conversation
Collective process to increase knowledge
Ongoing (researchers past and present)
Collaborative and interdisciplinary research are inherently conversational
New research is most valuable when it builds on and connects to previous theories and data
Research must be discoverable!
Traditional methods of dissemination can slow the conversation...
Support collaborative research spaces
Connect researchers with similar interests and questions
Make past research easily discoverable
Help disseminate current research broadly
Promote new models
Speed the dissemination process
Increase research's reach
Increase research's audience
Mission, Vision, Strategic Plan

Build on existing expertise, strengths, and opportunities:
Expert librarians and library staff
CUNY Academic Commons
GC Digital Initiatives
Questions to ask...
Altmetrics and bibliometrics
Consult with faculty, students
Important for Digital Humanities, non-traditional fields, recent scholarship
Educate and promote all resources
(IR, catalog, databases, digital collections)
Resource Discovery System (RDS)
Federated Search
Search engine optimization (SEO)
Google Scholar
Metadata sharing
OCLC's WorldCat
IR / OA directories
CUNY Academic Commons
Library presence in the AC...
As liaisons, library contacts
Maintain currency with departments (blogs, groups)
As researchers
How can IR interface with AC?
Faculty profile links to articles
Digitization of key, unique print/tangible materials
Murray Hill, Herald Square, Erie Canal
Potential research material
Enhance discovery...
Preserving born-digital materials
Faculty/student work deposited in IR
Other born-digital material (faculty blogs, websites, data...)
Long-term preservation
migration vs. emulation
What's the priority?
Tape-backup at remote location
Permanent, non-public archival
Immediately retrievable, usable
Network/IR storage (downloadable)
Grant requirements for storage
Confidentiality and privacy concerns
Type of data, size and number of datasets
Software support
Test on small-scale
CUNY Graduate Center Strategic Plan
Three major ambitions in strategic plan:
"Seek to accelerate student progress"

"Increase and diversify its graduates’ professional prospects" through more professional development, expanding existing library instruction and workshops

"Foster collaborative and interdisciplinary scholarship" and establish a "vibrant research culture" using new technologies
Mina Rees Library Mission & Vision

"Will serve... in an environment of free and open inquiry"
"An ongoing, creative, technologically advanced library program that supports and enhances education, scholarship and service"

"An integral and vital part of The Graduate Center" that "supports the academic programs"

"Committed to disseminating research and scholarship as widely as possible"
"Open access to scholarship is critical for scholarly communication and for the future of libraries"
"Central to CUNY’s mission of public education"
CUNY Graduate Center Mission
"To foster... original research and scholarship"
"Prepares students to be scholars"
"To disseminate scholarship and culture to the cosmopolitan city around it and beyond"

Guiding Principle of the GC:
"intellectual openness and innovation"
for scholarly communication
Open Access
Assist in development, defining IR goals, deciding IR software
Help faculty/students submit work to IR
Submissions process(es)
Promote IR as archive and resource
Inside CUNY
Outside CUNY
Make IR contents discoverable...
Data Curation
Disseminating Research
Traditional models:
Academic conferences
Print publication (books and articles)

New models:
Open access publishing
Blogs, online video, other web models
Collaborative online spaces
Institutional or subject repositories
More evolving all the time
Does [insert potential resource or service] support the mission of the Mina Rees Library and the CUNY GC?
Is it meaningful?
What may we have to cut or reduce in order to accomplish this?
How can we best leverage our expertise and resources?
Dr. Starr Hoffman

Library Support & Services
for scholarly communication
Statement on Open Access
Education and outreach to faculty/students on OA
Promote use of SPARC author addendum

Host and/or help develop new OA journals
Connect OA principles to deposit/use of IR
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