Welcome Alexus Hunt, Project Coordinator of IU’s Course Material Transformation Fellowship

We’re excited to announce that Alexus Hunt has joined the Scholarly Communication Department as the Project Coordinator for our new Course Material Transformation Fellowship. Alexus is a first-year graduate student studying Library Science and African American and African Diaspora Studies. Alexus graduated from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) last May, where she studied English and Africana Studies. Her research interests are black feminism and politics. Her goals are to become an Africana Studies Professor and special collections librarian for black literature. Alexus is originally from McCordsville, Indiana, and her hobbies include dancing, reading, hiking, and knitting.

As Project Coordinator, Alexus will play an integral role in implementing the new Fellowship Program. She will be responsible for promoting the Program, communicating with fellows and scheduling professional development opportunities, and assessing the overall impact of the Program on the IUB and IUPUI campuses. 

Welcome, Alexus!

Welcome Karen Stoll Farrell, Interim Head of Scholarly Communication

The Scholarly Communication department is excited to announce that Headshot of Karen S Farrell, a white woman with straight brown hair, smiling, in a black suit jacket.Karen Stoll Farrell has agreed to serve as our Interim Head of Scholarly Communication. She will provide essential support and advocate for our department, as well as ensure services are maintained for our patrons. Karen is additionally the Librarian for South Asian and Southeast Asian Studies, and the Head of the Area Studies Department at IUB Libraries.

Karen’s current research interests include equity and inclusion in libraries, South Asian film, and web archives. Some recent publications are “Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Scholars across Asian Studies at Indiana University-Bloomington” and (with Jackie M. Dooley, Tammi Kim, and Jessica Venlet) “Developing Web Archiving Metadata Best Practices to Meet User Needs.” With Sumit Ganguly, Karen also co-edited Heading East: Security, Trade, and Environment between the U.S., India, and Southeast Asia (New Delhi: Oxford University Press).

Karen is currently serving  as a member of the South Asia Open Archives Executive Board (2020-2023), and as Digital Initiatives Chair (a committee which will direct a grant funded by the Henry Luce Foundation) for the Committee on Research Materials on Southeast Asia.

As we continue to persevere in the strange times, our department is thankful to have an advocate with excellent leadership experience and dedication to the IU Libraries. We look forward to working with Karen in the times ahead!

Two New Graduate Students Join the the Scholarly Communication Department

The Scholarly Communication Department is happy to introduce our two new graduate assistants, Alexis Murrell and Matt Vaughn. Both have recently began the master’s program for Information and Library Science (ILS) in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

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Alexis recently graduated from Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Strategic Communication and a minor in English. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Library Science with a focus in Rare Books and Manuscripts. In addition to her work for the Scholarly Communications Department, she also works as the Cataloging and Processing Assistant for the Federal Depository Library Program. Her interests are strongly centered around special collections librarianship and donor relations.

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Matt is pursuing a Masters in Library Science with a specialization in digital humanities. He has a research background in American literature, and instructional experience in English composition and leadership development. He has also worked as an editorial assistant with the Modernist Journals Project and the Journal of Modern Periodical Studies. His current research interests include creating digital resources for literary archives and exploring the role of libraries in language preservation.

We are looking forward to having Matt and Alexis on our team, and can’t wait for them to contribute to our programming and services. Please join us in welcoming them to our department!

Two New Graduate Students Join the Scholarly Communication Department

The Scholarly Communication Department is happy to introduce our two newest team members, Daphne Scott and Margaret McLaughlin. Daphne and Margaret are both master’s students in the Information and Library Science (ILS) Program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

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Daphne Scott recently graduated from Ball State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, and is now pursuing a Masters in Library Science with a concentration in data science. As the current graduate assistant for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning at the Center for Innovative Teaching and Learning, she is working to create a digital archive dedicated to the history of the SoTL program at IUB.  Her current research interest focuses on the recreational reading habits of traditional undergraduate students.

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Margaret received her Bachelor of Arts in Art History and Classics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2016. After two years in Northwestern University’s Art History PhD program, Margaret decided to instead pursue a Masters in Library Science in order to focus on her interests in digital humanities, information literacy, and open pedagogy. She has instruction experience at the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, and Indiana University Bloomington, where she is currently an Associate Instructor for the department of Comparative Literature. Margaret also works as a Research Assistant in the Learning Commons and is pursuing her dual masters in Comparative Literature.

We are excited to see Daphne and Margaret bring their unique perspectives and expertise to our department. Please join us in welcoming them to our team!

Jenny Hoops: Our New Open Access Publishing Manager

We’re very excited to share that Jenny Hoops will begin as the department’s new Open Access Publishing Manager on January 7, 2019. In this role, Jenny will provide user support for the department’s journal program and institutional repository. Jenny will also oversee the creation of documentation to support users and contribute feature requests to our development team in order to improve systems and workflows. Jenny will take over for Richard Higgins, who previously served as Open Access Publishing Manager. He joined the Library Technologies Unit in October 2018 as a Programmer/Analyst and continues to work closely with the department.

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Previously, Jenny served as Digital Publishing Assistant in the Scholarly Communication Department, collaborating with SC staff to lead and assess several projects. Jenny is currently completing her Library Science degree. Her research interests include open publishing trends and digital accessibility/literacy. Before coming to IU, she completed a bachelor’s degree in history and gender/sexuality studies at Grinnell College. 

Please join me in welcoming Jenny to the Libraries!

The Scholarly Communication Department Welcomes Two New Graduate Students

Join us in welcoming two new graduate student assistants to the Scholarly Communication Department! We are thrilled to have Allison Nolan and Brian Watson join our team. Both Allison and Brian are new master’s students in the Information and Library Science (ILS) Program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.

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Allison Nolan

Allison Nolan received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Humanities from Valparaiso University in 2017. She worked for three years in the Valparaiso University Christopher Center library as the Marketing Student Assistant. In addition to working with the IU Library Scholarly Communications Department, she is also the Center Supervisor for the Teter residence hall library.

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Brian Watson

Brian Watson is a historian of sexuality and the book. After winning several awards for his MA thesis, he expanded it into a full-length monograph which was featured on Conan O’Brien and elsewhere. He is a moderator for the world’s largest academic history forum, AskHistorians, and an editor and host of its podcast. He plans to focus on the interactions of humanities, archives and the digital world throughout his time at IU. He is also currently working on his next book, which focuses on the historiography of sexuality research.

We look forward to working with Allison and Brian. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish during their time at IU!

Welcome Olivia Wikle and Alex Moon to our staff

We are happy to announce that two interns — Olivia Wikle and Alex Moon — will be joining our staff for the Spring 2018 semester.

Image 1: Photo of Olivia WikleOlivia has a background in digital humanities,
with a special interest in the intersection of literature and music in late eighteenth-century Britain. She will contribute to many of the different pieces that comprise the Scholarly Communication Department’s digital scholarship and publishing programs. Olivia received her M.A. in Musicology from The Ohio State University in 2016 and will complete her Master of Library Science with a specialization in Digital Humanities at Indiana University in May 2018. Olivia also serves as Treasurer of the American Library Association Student Chapter at IU.

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Alex Moon will employ his considerable expertise and a diverse skillset to improve our assessment and analytics efforts. He is a second year masters student in the Higher Education and Student Affairs program at the IU School Education. Alex  has a background in English literature and dance, and is looking forward to pursuing an additional masters degree in Library and Information Science next year.

We are fortunate to have them aboard. Look for posts later in the semester reporting on their contributions to the work of the Department. Please contact us by email (iusw at indiana dot edu) if you are interested in a future internship with Scholarly Communication.

 

Our New Scholarly Communication Librarian

Image 1: Photo of Sarah HareThe 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 openscholarship.indiana.edu.

Welcome Jamie Wittenberg to the Scholarly Communication department

Jamie Wittenberg headshotWe 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.

Meet the New Faces of IUScholarWorks

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.

New team members (from left to right) Erica Hayes, Richard Higgins, Miko Siewenie
New team members (from left to right) Erica Hayes, Richard Higgins, Miko Siewenie

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, IUScholarWorks Technology Assistant

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.