Strategic Planning Goal 3 – Scholarly Communications

Goal 3: Develop comprehensive scholarly communications program

Metric: A coordinated program, with identified leadership, has been established

  1. Hire staff and establish leadership for the scholarly communications program
  2. Establish internal and external networks of scholarly communication stakeholders

What has been accomplished

  • The Libraries have made great strides toward re-establishing its scholarly communications program.  Carrie Nelson has provided strong leadership as Director of Scholarly Communications. Progress has been made in engaging staff across the library around scholarly communications.  This has taken a variety of forms ranging from professional development opportunities to participate in working groups focusing on a wide variety of topics, including copyright, author disambiguation, and open educational resources.  Campus stakeholders have been engaged with varying degrees of success. The openness meet-ups and the campus OER working group are areas where we have successfully engaged campus stakeholders.
  • Digital Library Services staff consulted and advised on a number of high-profile faculty research grants, providing expertise and services ranging from the MINDS@UW digital preservation repository to acquisitions licensing support for text and data mining to minting DOIs to facilitate the discovery of publications and data sets made available by members of the campus research community. Team members also advised digital humanities faculty on multiple successful grants aimed at the long-term curation and preservation of digital assets.  Research Data Services, led by Cameron Cook, has emerged as a visible campus interdisciplinary organization committed to advancing research data management practices on the UW-Madison campus. The RDS community offers consultations, education and training, online resources, and referrals to campus resources in support of researchers’ efforts to store, analyze, and share their data.
  • Science and Engineering Libraries (SEL) play a significant role in the Scholarly Communications program. As a key stakeholder and partner, SEL partners with the Director of Scholarly Communications for many of its programs.
  • Science & engineering librarians have developed a service partnership with the Electronic Lab Notebook (ELN) Service in collaboration with CIO/DoIT, VCRGE, CALS and WARF, developing marketing and outreach, onboarding over 30 new faculty/research labs, sharing best practices, and developing a staffing model that allows us to expand support for the ELN and researcher workflows.