groups evolves, we are beginning to identify potential library roles in this arena.
Many of our journal editors, for instance, are struggling with transitioning their
journals to an open access model. We think there may be ways the Library can
support our journal editors in this endeavor. It remains to be seen how this work
may filter into liaison roles in the future.
Next Steps
The Scholarly Communications project set out to align with two Library goals:
1. To pursue new directions in order to sustain its relevance and impact in
the support of academic and research needs of the University, the
provincial and the larger scholarly communities in the 21st century
2. To consider ways to expand library liaison activities that brought the
Library closer to the research on our campus
I believe we were successful in supporting these goals. The Steering
Committee that guided the project, through a set of associated activities was
able to advance the library’s role in campus-wide dialogue about the system of
scholarship, establish significant cross-departmental partnerships, create new
and enriching models for faculty-librarian interaction and collaboration, make
significant progress in both identifying the use and creation of new models of
scholarship on our campus (and contributed that data to the broader ARL
New Models study) and considering new roles for the Library in supporting
this new arena.
Of course we still have a long way to go. While we were successful in
building strong interest and enthusiasm about scholarly communications
amongst most of our liaison librarians during the project term, and there was
traction in our overall outreach activities leading to substantial involvement for
liaison librarians, post project liaison librarian activity in this arena has dropped
off. This, however, has more to do with the need to develop operational models
for liaison librarian involvement in scholarly communications moving forward
rather than anything else. At this point, project assessment is needed to
strategize next steps. I will be conducting a post-project assessment and follow
up with subject liaison librarians and others. This will help guide our next steps
as we move scholarly communication activities to operational status.
Postscript: It should be noted that a number of our enterprising and innovative
liaison librarians have established their own connections with faculty research outside of
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