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Association of Research Libraries
Research Library Issues 291 2017
A Team- and Project-Based Approach to Advancing
Scholarly Communication Initiatives across the
Library
Ashley Shea, Food and Agriculture Librarian, Cornell University Library
Gail Steinhart, Scholarly Communication Librarian, Cornell University
Library
Jim DelRosso, Digital Projects Coordinator, Cornell University Library
Scholarly communication can be defined as “the system through
which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for
quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for
future use.”1 Put this way, scholarly communication has the potential
to touch the majority of library operations and services, and not
surprisingly, libraries vary greatly in how they organize support for
scholarly communication.2 A holistic approach to engaging staff from
across the library in this work has
the potential to cut across functional
silos, solicit a more diverse range
of perspectives, and encourage
staff who might not be designated
scholarly communication specialists
to engage with those issues.
Cornell University Library’s (CUL) approach to scholarly
communication is highly decentralized, with scholarly communication
embedded in multiple job descriptions (usually those of subject
and functional liaisons), and a scholarly communication librarian
based in Digital Scholarship & Preservation Services. The director
of collection development also manages a fund that supports the
Cornell Open Access Publication fund,3 and selected strategic
initiatives related to scholarly communication. This highly
distributed arrangement can make it challenging to advance
specific scholarly communication goals, and library liaisons in
A holistic approach to
engaging staff from across the
library...has the potential to cut
across functional silos, solicit a
more diverse range of perspec-
tives, and encourage staff...
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