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Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 291 2017
We learned from our 2016 projects
the importance of specifying
concrete outcomes, and methods
and assessment strategies prior
to a project’s initiation. This is
valuable both in terms of doing
the best possible work and
in securing pools of engaged
volunteers. With 2017 projects underway now, we anticipate
identifying 2018 projects in the near future. We have several ideas
suggested by former volunteers. We also anticipate mining ideas
from recent faculty and graduate student surveys (where several
issues pertaining to scholarly communication were identified)
and issuing an open call for project ideas and volunteers.
Going forward, the future for the Scholarly Communication
Working Group’s holistic, project-based approach to work looks
strong. Participants appreciate that the projects have produced
tangible results within a prescribed timeframe, and interest from
volunteers has remained steady from year one to year two. Learning
from what we have achieved so far, we will continue to employ
methods appropriate to the tasks at hand. The SCWG has turned
Cornell University’s decentralized structure to its advantage,
building connections across units and staff, and continuing
to make real improvements to the scholarly communication
support provided by the Cornell University Library.
Acknowledgments
The authors gratefully acknowledge the work of their fellow members
of the Scholarly Communication Working Group Steering Committee,
Drew Wright (research services coordinator, Weill Cornell Medicine
Samuel J. Wood Library) and Sandy Payette (director of IT for
research and scholarship, Cornell University Library). We also thank
all the members of our working group teams, past and present.
We learned from our 2016
projects the importance of
specifying concrete out-
comes, and methods and
assessment strategies prior
to a project's initiation.
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