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Finding Our Way: A Snapshot of Scholarly Communication Practitioners' Duties & Training


Maria Bonn ,

School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois, US
About Maria
Maria Bonn is the program director os the MSLIS program at the School of Information Sciences, UIUC. She teaches courses on the role of libraries in scholarly communication and publishing. Prior to her teaching appointment, Bonn served as the associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, with responsibility for publishing and scholarly communications initiatives, including the University of Michigan Press and the Scholarly Publishing Office. Bonn has also been an assistant professor of English at institutions both in the United States and abroad.
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Will Cross,

North Carolina State University, US
About Will
WillCross is the Director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center in the NCSU Libraries, an instructor in the UNC SILS, a Mozilla Open Leader, and an OER Research Fellow. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, he guides policy, speaks, and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty. As presenter coordinator for the ACRL Scholarly Communication Roadshow, he has developed training materials and workshops for international audiences from Ontario to Abu Dhabi. He currently serves as co-PI on three IMLS-funded projects.
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Josh Bolick

University of Kansas, US
About Josh
Josh Bolick (0000-0002-7379-0432) is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University of Kansas Libraries’ Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. In addition to supporting traditional scholarly communication programs at KU, he leads KU Libraries’ OER initiatives, including the management of a $100K grant program. He also chairs a university-level Textbook Working Group, which is charged with advancing OER and other textbook affordability initiatives to increase access and student success. Josh is a presenter for the Open Textbook Network (OTN), an OER Research Fellow with the Open Education Group, and co-PI on the two IMLS grants supporting this project, the creation of OER for training LIS students on scholarly communication topics, including open education. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a masters in library and information studies from Florida State University.
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INTRODUCTION Scholarly communication has arisen as a core academic librarianship competency, but formal training on scholarly communication topics in LIS is rare, leaving many early career practitioners underprepared for their work. METHODS Researchers surveyed practitioners of scholarly communication, as defined by the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), regarding their attitudes toward and experiences with education in scholarly communication, job responsibilities, location within their academic libraries, and thoughts about emerging trends in scholarly communication librarianship. results Few scholarly communication practitioners felt well-prepared by their graduate training for the core set of primary and secondary scholarly communication responsibilities that have emerged. They deploy a range of strategies to fill the gap and would benefit from support in this area, from more robust education in graduate programs and through continued professional development. discussion The results of this survey support the assertion that as academic libraries and academic library work have increasingly recognized the importance of scholarly communication topics, library school curricula have not developed correspondingly. Respondents indicated a low level of formal pedagogy on scholarly communication topics and generally felt they were not well-prepared for scholarly communication work, coming at a significant opportunity cost. CONCLUSION Scholarly communication practitioners should create and curate open teaching and learning content on scholarly communication topics for both continuing education as well as adoption within LIS curricula, and LIS programs should develop accordingly, either through “topics” courses or by integrating scholarly communication into and across curricula as it intersects with existing courses.
How to Cite: Bonn, M., Cross, W. and Bolick, J., 2020. Finding Our Way: A Snapshot of Scholarly Communication Practitioners' Duties & Training. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 8(1), p.eP2328. DOI:
Published on 28 Apr 2020.
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