The Scholarly Communication Department is delighted to announce the recent arrival of Sarah Crissinger, our new Scholarly Communication Librarian. Sarah will play a lead role in the implementation of IUB’s recently adopted Open Access Policy and oversee IU Libraries’ active journal publishing program. Look for future blog posts, programming, and outreach efforts by Sarah that highlight the Open Access Policy, student research, and the Office of Scholarly Publishing Journals, an open access publishing collaboration between IU Press and Scholarly Communication.
Sarah is a gifted teacher and communicator as well as a passionate advocate for Open Educational Resources (OER). Her research is focused on undergraduate scholarly communication outreach, critical open education practices, and LIS student development and agency. In her former position at Davidson College, she created open access programming and led two Open Educational Resource (OER) initiatives. She is currently co-authoring a chapter on inter-institutional collaborations to advance OER outreach for the forthcoming title, OER: A Field Guide for Academic Librarians. Sarah will also moderate a panel on OER for ACRL’s Science and Technology Section (STS) at ALA this June.
You can contact Sarah directly with questions, ideas, and/or suggestions by email, “scrissin at iu dot edu,” or through our contact form. More information about our team and the services provided by the Scholarly Communication department can be found at scholarworks.iu.edu and openscholarship.indiana.edu.
We are delighted to introduce Jamie Wittenberg, who has joined the Scholarly Communication department as the Research Data Management Librarian and assumed the responsibilities of a new position as Head of department. She will provide the department and IU Libraries with vital expertise in planning for long-term preservation of born-digital and digitized scholarship, brokering meaningful access to research outputs, and facilitating the stewardship and reuse of research data. Jamie comes to IU Bloomington from the University of California, Berkeley, where she served as the Service Design Analyst at the Research Data Management Program.
Jamie’s research is focused on building better digital archives and data curation processes through best practices and workflow design. She is currently co-authoring a chapter, “Tools and Approaches to Personal Digital Archiving,” for a forthcoming (2017) ALA Press book entitled The Complete Guide to Personal Digital Archiving for Librarians, Archivists, and Information Professionals, edited by Brianna Marshall. Her recent presentations include a talk at the 2016 DLF Forum on a model for data management pedagogy and curricular design, “Exploiting Expertise: Domain-based Data Services Training for Librarians.”
Jamie received her BA in Literary Studies from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a Master of British Studies from Humboldt University of Berlin in 2010, and an MSLIS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
This is an exciting time for Scholarly Communication at IU Libraries. Look for updates soon on improved processes for research data preservation and access.
The IUScholarWorks team is growing! We recently welcomed several new faces to the Libraries’ Scholarly Communication Department, including one full-time staff member and two student employees. I’d like to introduce you to Richard, Miko, and Erica.
Richard Higgins, Open Access Publishing Manager
Richard spent a good deal of his childhood wandering the stacks of a small college library in his hometown. After moving to the midwest, he worked in publishing and taught English and Digital Humanities while completing a Ph.D. in literary studies at IU. Since then he has specialized in ways that digital and computational technologies can enrich scholarship in the Humanities. He still loves books, in whatever form.
Miko Siewenie is a senior majoring in Informatics with a Computer Science cognate and minors in Spanish and Marketing. On campus, she’s actively involved with Indiana University Student Association as the student government’s Co-Chief of Marketing and Webmaster and the Indiana University Journal of Undergraduate Research as Information Technology Chair and Webmaster. Miko also works for the Office of the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education as the Student Coordinator of the Indiana University Undergraduate Research Conference, the School of Informatics and Computing as a Supplementary Instruction Leader, and last, but not least, IU Libraries as IUScholarWorks Technology Assistant. When she finally escapes campus, she enjoys cooking, skiing, crosswords, and bad movies.
Erica Hayes, IDEASc Fellow
Erica Hayes is a second-year MLS/MIS dual degree student at Indiana University–Bloomington, where she specializes in scholarly communication and digital special collections. Her student library jobs span digital publishing, instruction, outreach, and project management. Erica is currently a graduate assistant to Dr. Milojovic and Dr. Sugimoto. In addition, she also works as the Web Development Assistant at the Lilly Library. This year she was given the opportunity to work as the Master’s student research assistant as part of the IDEASc (Integrated Doctoral Education with application to Scholarly Communication) Fellowship Program. She is excited to work with IUScholarWorks and learn more about open access publishing.
We are very happy to have two new employees join our ranks!
We are very happy to announce that Stacy Konkiel accepted the E-Science Librarian position effective January 17. Stacy was formerly a Marketing Associate
for the Public Library of Science (PLoS) in San Francisco where she led efforts
to market PLoS journals to a wide range of international scientific communities,
and supported research and development for Article-Level Metrics and data sharing initiatives. Prior to working for PLoS, Stacy was the Digital Repository Resident
Librarian for ScholarWorks at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. Stacy received her MLS and MIS from IU in 2008. As the E-Science Librarian, Stacy will be responsible for working with various groups across campus to develop policies, sustainable services, and infrastructure to enable faculty and students to preserve and make available their research data.
We are also very happy to have Ryan Cobine join IUScholarWorks with a temporary half-time assignment that also began in January. Ryan will focus his efforts and talents on staff and user training and documentation. He is currently the VIVO Pilot Coordinator in
Library Technologies and Digital Libraries and will continue in that role at half-time. Ryan has a long history of providing excellent instructional services within UITS and other units of IU Bloomington.
Please join us in welcoming our newest members to the team.
IUScholarWorks has a Graduate Assistant, Carol Lubkowski, to help us with many aspects of our work. Carol’s job description is basically “other duties as assigned.” We thought it would be interesting and useful to see things from Carol’s point of view occasionally, so this is the first of her posts. Welcome Carol!
Before coming to IU and joining IU ScholarWorks as a Graduate Assistant, my previous experience with the concept of a digital repository was in a corporate context, at a Boston-based biotech company. I was working in records management there and the term and concept of a digital repository were just getting introduced. However, it was not aligned with the company’s existing corporate library. Thus, when I started as the Graduate Assistant for IU ScholarWorks, I understood the basic concept of a digital repository, but had a lot to discover. Within the academic world, an institutional repository addresses a wide variety of concerns and needs for scholarly communication, reflecting the increasing importance of digital formats and sources both inside and outside of the library. I am particularly excited by the ways in which institutional repositories can help disseminate dissertations and theses, and by the services they provide to researchers and authors.
IU ScholarWorks is working on getting the dissertations of IU doctoral students into our repository, which has exciting potential for both disseminating research and for bringing new researchers into IU. It is often very difficult for researchers to access dissertations – very few of them are available in print format on library shelves. Some are available on microfilm, and many must be requested either through interlibrary loan or directly from the author. Expanded, easier access to dissertations will make the most recent research available to the wider scholarly community. Not only will this help researchers, it also has the potential to attract new researchers to IU through our graduate programs. By having access to recent graduate work, prospective students can get a clearer picture of what IU’s programs can offer them and whether a department’s focus and strengths match their own research interests.
As someone who has several friends in academia, I am also excited by the services an institutional repository can provide to authors and researchers. The repository provides a permanent digital home for their work, accessible via the internet with a stable and permanent URL. This also gives the authors the advantage of using a system and location backed up by established and robust IT services and infrastructure. The repository can thus provide a convenient and reliable way for authors to make their work widely and freely available without forgoing the aegis of official institutional support and authority.