By Nancy Foasberg
As a great Open Access Week winds down, I wanted to highlight one more resource the library offers to support open access – the Scholarly Communication librarian, that is to say, me!
So, how can a Scholarly Communication Librarian help you?
Finding and Using Openly Available Materials
In a previous post, I made some suggestions about finding open access resources to help you get started.
I’m also very happy to help with any questions about reusing materials – for instance, questions about copyright and fair use.
Making Your Work (Openly) Available
If you’ve created a work you want to publish or share, I can help with that too!
Some journals make the works they publish openly available! This doesn’t always involve a fee, but if it does, you can apply for the library’s support via the SOAR: Scholarship and Open Access Reserve Fund.
Maybe you want to share your work on your website or elsewhere. There’s information about this on the Authors’ Rights guide, and you should also consider using ShareYourPaper.org, but I’m also happy to answer questions about this! I can help you look up your publisher’s policies and figure out what you can share, and where.
On the other hand, if you haven’t formally published your work and you want to share it with the world, I can help you choose a Creative Commons license and think through the possible implications.
Posting Your Thesis or Dissertation
If you’re finishing up your thesis or dissertation, first of all, congratulations!
Your department may require that you post your thesis or dissertation to ProQuest before you graduate. The library maintains some thesis posting guidelines which I hope you’ll find helpful, but you should also feel free to contact me.
If you want your work to be more easily found, it’s a good idea to set up an ORCID iD and to actively curate your scholarly profile. I can help you with this process, and identify additional tools that you may find useful.
Falvey Library hosts nine academic journals. Journal editors are better able to answer questions about the journal’s content and policies than I am! But I am available to talk about how the library hosts these journals.
Also, if you happen to publish a Villanova journal, please feel free to get in touch! I can’t guarantee that we can host your journal, but I’m happy to consider it.
I’m not a lawyer, but I do have some general knowledge of copyright, fair use, the TEACH Act, Creative Commons, and more. Please feel free to contact me with any questions about materials you’d like to reuse, or how you’d like to make your own work available.
Nancy Foasberg is Scholarly Communication Librarian at Falvey Library.
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