Florida State University

Robert Manning Strozier Library

Technology and Digital Scholarship
United States

Primary Contact:
Micah Vandegrift
Scholarly Communication Librarian

Program Overview

Scholarly communications is a developing area of librarianship that deals with the production, dissemination, promotion, and preservation of scholarly research and creative works. The Scholarly Communication initiative will find, assess, and provide tools and services for representing scholarship in a digital environment. Our vision is to support a variety of new modes and models of dissemination for academic work (open access, digital publishing, project-based digital scholarship, etc.). Areas of focus include our institutional repository (technical management, outreach, collection development); Open Access (education and programs on access options for scholarly work); author rights (information and resources on negotiating copyright transfer contracts); copyrights and fair use (information and resources on copyright as it pertains to academic publishing); research and writing (keeping abreast of the many changes and development in this area, and contributing to the professional literature); and outreach (creating partnerships with campus offices, faculty, and administrators to further the scholarly communications initiative).

Year publishing activities began: 2011

Organization: centralized library publishing unit/department

Total FTE in support of publishing activities: library staff (1); graduate students (1)

Funding sources (%): library operating budget (100)

Stage of publishing efforts (1–5):

Open access focus (1–5):

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Publishing Activities

Library-administered university press publications in 2014:

Library publications in 2014: faculty-driven journals (3); student-driven journals (1); monographs (1); technical/research reports (1); newsletters (1); ETDs (1000); undergraduate capstone/honors theses (100)

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Media formats: text

Disciplinary specialties: HEAL: Humanism Evolving through Arts and Literature (journal); Journal of Art for Life (journal); The Owl (journal); FSU Law Review (journal)

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Internal partners: campus departments or programs; individual faculty; graduate students; undergraduate students

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Publishing platform(s): bepress (Digital Commons)

Digital preservation strategy: digital preservation services under discussion

Additional services: marketing; outreach; training; analytics; metadata; ISSN registration; peer review management; contract/license preparation; author copyright advisory; hosting of supplemental content

Additional Information

Plans for expansion/future directions: Piloting an Open Access fund, finding a sustainable model and including it as an ongoing resource for moving scholarship and prestige to Open Access; growing ScholComm office to include Repository Manager and host research fellows (CLIR, Mellon); coordinating with the School of Library and Information Studies and the History of Text Technologies to integrate ScholComm initiatives into curriculum; providing training and investment in FSU LIS students’ skills and knowledge in this area; reworking open access policy with Faculty Senate to make our policy more effective and more in line with the scholarly communication push internationally.
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