Scholarly Communications is a relatively new specialty within academic librarianship. With expertise in academic publishing, copyright, and the digital systems which facilitate communication between researchers, librarians trained in this field can help faculty and students determine the best means of discovering, accessing, and publishing scholarly content. Most Scholarly Communications Librarians are also passionate advocates of open access (OA) publishing, open educational resources (OER), and reforming the inequities and exploitation they see in the current system of scholarly communication. As a result, they often possess a deep familiarity with open licensing, institutional repositories, and the pervasive problem of textbook affordability.
Based in Archives & Special Collections, the Scholarly Communications Librarian is an advocate for students and faculty in the realm of scholarly publishing and course materials. Chris can help with open access publishing, open educational resources, textbook affordability strategies, and a range of copyright issues from the differences between Creative Commons licenses to the rights retained when negotiating the terms of an author contract. Chris is also the point person for College Scholarship, F&M's open access institutional repository residing within Scholars Square.