Scholarly Communications in a Crisis: A Panel Discussion

Join us for the third of our virtual Leaders Circle series, Scholarly Communications in a Crisis: A Panel Discussion on June 11, noon ET

Scholarly communications in academia has tendrils that reach far beyond institutional walls. With impact in so many places (publishing, research, institutional public relations, human resources, corporate R&D, and librarianship) it serves us well to maintain an awareness of current trends in the field. That baseline need is amplified by the upheaval caused by a pandemic. To that end, we’ve enlisted a panel of experts who have been able to react to these new realities vis-à-vis scholarly communications. The panel will discuss the parts of their practice and philosophy that have had to change and how that manifests in their daily interactions. They represent large and small institutions with schol comm programs both well established and less so. Please join us for this cross-sectional view into managing Scholarly Communications in a Crisis.

The experts of the hour are:

Martin Brennan, Scholarly Communications Librarian, UCLA. Martin is heavily involved in the FORCE11 Scholarly Communication Institute (FSCI). He brings significant experience in copyright, advocacy, evidence based medicine, student outcomes assessment, and curricular planning. This experience and daily performance with a large university’s schol comm program will provide an opportunity to see the processes and their adjustments applied to a time of crisis.

Jennifer Chan, Scholarly Communications Librarian, UCLA. Jennifer liaises with campus partners on development of targeted outreach and programming that promote scholarly communication, open access, and development of open education strategies. Her drive and philosophy of connecting audiences to the library along with a robust understanding of the constant evolution of what a research library is provide a practical application of Scholarly Communication librarianship and a more so when the ecosystem is under duress.

Kim Herndon, Library Dean, Samford University.  As the Library Dean at a small Doctoral/Professional private institution, Kim oversees all operations at the library as well as focusing on issues like 21st century information literacy. More notable is her and the university’s agile response to the COVID-19 situation and an institutional renewal of the importance of scholarly communication. Her newfound experience governing scholarly communications at an institution without established protocols for it is invaluable since many librarians find themselves and their institutions in the same condition.

Scott Warren, Associate Dean for Research Excellence, Syracuse University. Scott oversees research data services, open publishing initiatives, acquisitions and cataloging, and the University Press. Along with professional interest in the economics of information he brings an eye for understanding what’s key, what’s critical and how best to prepare for the future while understanding the reality of providing services during a time of emergency.

The event will have an abbreviated format of 45 mins with a focus on breakout discussions with peers. To register, contact Jennifer.Bielewski@lyrasis.org

After the online event, participants will be encouraged to continue the discussion of the new Leaders Circle listserv.  Click to sign up for the listserv.