Scholarly Communications Team

Background and Purpose: University Libraries currently offers a number of services related to scholarly communication, including Mason Archival Repository Service, Electronic Dissertations & Theses Service, Copyright Resources Office, E-Journal support via Open Journal Systems.

Mason faculty and students participate in both traditional and non-traditional scholarly communication based on teaching, research, service and other entrepreneurial activities. Beyond journal and monograph publications, scholarly communication is now manifested in patents, software tools, blogs and other means by which faculty and students engaged in scholarship and creative endeavor inform the broader academic community of the work they are engaged in or have accomplished.

Function and Charge: The Scholarly Communications Team will function as a cross-divisional team charged with the following tasks:

  • Identify best practices used by universities that already have active scholarly communications programs and select/establish guidelines for Mason’s program;
  • Create a mission statement and strategic plan to guide the development of this program at Mason;
  • Design, conduct training and provide scholarly communications resources and support for the Liaison Librarians;
  • Inventory and catalog scholarship and creativity activity practices (e.g., journal editing, blog or discussion forum hosting, open access publishing) Mason’s faculty and students are currently engaged in, with the assistance of the Liaison Librarians; and
  • Identify key instructional faculty members who have a demonstrated or expressed verbal interest in current scholarly communications possibilities, such as open access, and invite their participation on what will then become a University-wide initiative.
Reporting: The Scholarly Communications Team will report periodically on its activities and progress to the Libraries’ Management Advisory Council, while organizationally it will function under the purview of the Associate University Librarian for Digital Programs and Systems.