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Colloquium on Scholarly Communication American University Library

The American University Library’s Colloquium on Scholarly Communication features experts from both American University and the larger academic community presenting on challenges for academia in the twenty-first century. The Colloquium encompass a variety of topics that present challenges and opportunities to scholars and scholarly institutions, from the complexities of open access publishing to methods of cultural preservation in a digital-first age. Small-group presentations allow faculty and administrators from all disciplines and levels to engage with speakers regarding these key issues shaping the University’s future.

Faculty, administrators, and students interested in issues in scholarly communication are encouraged to join us for this series.

For more information about any of the events in this series, please email

2016-2017 Events

Lucretia McCulley

Adding Sizzle to Faculty Scholarship
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Training and Events Room 115
10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Speaker: Lucretia McCulley

Establishing an institutional repository offers the opportunity to archive faculty research and scholarship, but it also opens the doors for cultivating and promoting faculty scholarship beyond the IR. How can librarians use an IR to develop creative programming and stimulating outreach opportunities that integrate faculty scholarship within the campus community and beyond? Lucretia McCulley, Head of Scholarly Communications and Access Services, at the University of Richmond Libraries will discuss a variety of strategies.


Marilyn Billings

How Libraries and Faculty Are Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Training and Events Room 115
10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Speaker: Marilyn Billings

In this presentation Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communication and Special Initiatives Librarian at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, will focus on how the University of Massachusetts Amherst library established a journal publishing program within its suite of scholarly communication services, the process of getting started, providing ongoing support, and will share lessons learned along the way.



Libraries as Publishers
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Training and Events Room 115
10:30 a.m.- 12 p.m.
Speaker: Becky Brasington Clark

While publishing activities at the Library of Congress date back to 1802, recent years have seen the emergence and growth of publishing within academic and public libraries worldwide. Clark, Director of the Library of Congress Publishing Office, will focus on trends in library publishing, as well as developments within the Library of Congress Publishing Office, which is exploring new models and collaborations to make the treasures of the world’s largest library accessible to readers worldwide.


Past Events

View all past presentations via our You Tube channel here

21st Century Scholarly Journal Publishing
September 29, 2016

Scholarly journals have 350 years of tradition with the last 50 years bringing about an evolution affecting all phases of the publishing process from author to reader and beyond. Barbara’s briefing provided an overview of where we stand in terms of critical issues such as new author technologies, advanced submission & peer review management software, open access, and altmetrics.

Colloquium on Scholarly Communication- This Just Got Meta: Bibliographic Description, Data Visualization, and Digital Humanities in Libraries
April 21, 2016

Jean Bauer, Associate Director of the Center for Digital Humanities at Princeton University, will discussed the relationship between library catalog data, archival metadata, and digital humanities projects. 

Library Technology Innovation: Building a Start-up in a Library
March 31, 2016

Kim Dulin of the Harvard Library Innovation Lab discussed the creation of the lab, its growth, and the lessons learned from adapting to a start-up process in a traditional library setting.   

Does Copyright Still Matter for Academic Authors?
November 12, 2015 

Kevin Smith, dean of the University of Kansas libraries, presented on the topic of copyright law.

When Authors Rule: The Shifting Balance of Power in Scholarly Publishing
September 17, 2015

Chris Kenneally of the Copyright Clearance Center identified what lies behind the remarkable changes in publishing of the past 15 years, and what authors can do to harness these forces to their advantage.  

Improving Openness and Reproducibility in Scientific Research
Thursday, March 19, 2015

Presenter Andrew Sallans from the Center for Open Science led a discussion about the specific strategies that COS employs to support open access to research and greater research transparency and integrity. 

Persistent Identifiers for People, Places, and Things in Scholarly Communications 
Thursday, February 5, 2015

Presenter Laurel L. Haak (Laure), PhD, is the Executive Director of ORCID, a community-based non-profit organization dedicated to connecting research and researchers by providing a registry of unique and persistent personal identifiers. View the slide show here

Beyond Bibliometrics: Libraries, Academia and the Future of Scholarly Impact
Thursday, November 13, 2014 

Presented by Rachel Borchardt (@butternutsquash) and Robin Chin Roemer (@robinlibrarian) Presenter Rachel Borchardt is the Science Librarian at American University. Rachel's research interests include metrics, assessment, information literacy, and the future of scholarly communication. Presenter Robin Chin Roemer is the Instructional Design & Outreach Services Librarian at the University of Washington. Her interests include online learning, altmetrics, and new media.

Big Data, Big Copyright
October 6, 2014

James Grimmelmann (@grimmelm) Professor of Law, University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law; Visiting Professor, University of Maryland Institute for Advanced Computer Studies

Open Textbooks: Improving Access, Affordability, and Academic Success 
September 11, 2014

David Ernst (@dernst) Chief Information Officer in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Minnesota 

Research data in academia: An outlook on discovery, access, reuse, and preservation
March 20, 2014

Stefan Kramer Research Data Librarian, American University Library
See the slideshow here.

The Humanities In and For the Digital Age
January 23, 2014

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association 

Whose Publication Is It Anyway? 
December 6, 2013

Geneva Henry, University Librarian and Vice Provost for Libraries The George Washington University 

As the world becomes increasingly digital, ownership of scholarly works is a major issue in higher education. The debate between individuals, publishers, and institutions over ownership is both high-stakes and complex.

Fair Use Without Fear
October 25, 2012

Patricia Aufderheide, University Professor, School of Communication Co-director, Center for Social Media, American University 

Peter Jaszi Professor, American University Washington College of Law

Brandon Butler, Director of Public Policy Initiatives Association of Research Libraries 

Evaluating Scholarly Impact in Light of Emerging Models of Scholarly Communication
September 26, 2012

Heather Joseph Executive Director, SPARC 

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