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Open Access Week Winds Down: What Can a Scholarly Communication Librarian Do for You?

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.

If you’d like one-on-one help identifying some openly available resources, you’re certainly welcome to contact me! Your subject librarian can also help.

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!

If you’re interested in formally publishing in an academic journal, I have guides that can help you choose a reputable journal and retain some of your rights as an author.

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, 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.

Scholarly Profiles

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.

Journal Hosting

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.

Copyright Questions

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.

..and more?

If you have any questions about open access, I’m the person to ask! So please feel free to email me, make an appointment, or just say hello when you see me around campus.

Nancy Foasberg is Scholarly Communication Librarian at Falvey Library.





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Last Modified: October 27, 2023

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