Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Knowledge

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The intersection of scholarly communication librarianship and open education offers a unique opportunity to expand knowledge of scholarly communication topics in both education and practice. Open resources can address the gap in teaching timely and critical scholarly communication topics—copyright in teaching and research environments, academic publishing, emerging modes of scholarship, impact measurement—while increasing access to resources and equitable participation in education and scholarly communication.  
Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Knowledge is an open textbook and practitioner’s guide that collects theory, practice, and case studies from nearly 80 experts in scholarly communication and open education. Divided into three parts:

  • What is Scholarly Communication?
  • Scholarly Communication and Open Culture
  • Voices from the Field: Perspectives, Intersections, and Case Studies 

The book delves into the economic, social, policy, and legal aspects of scholarly communication as well as open access, open data, open education, and open science and infrastructure. Practitioners provide insight into the relationship between university presses and academic libraries, defining collection development as operational scholarly communication, and promotion and tenure and the challenge for open access.
Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Knowledge is a thorough guide meant to increase instruction on scholarly communication and open education issues and practices so library workers can continue to meet the changing needs of students and faculty. It is also a political statement about the future to which we aspire and a challenge to the industrial, commercial, capitalistic tendencies encroaching on higher education. Students, readers, educators, and adaptors of this resource can find and embrace these themes throughout the text and embody them in their work.

This book is also available as an open access edition at

Preface: Access Is Praxis
Christopher Hollister and Micah Vandegrift
Foreword: ScholComm Is Rad

Part I.   What Is Scholarly Communication?
1.1       Basics and Definitions: scholcomm is…
Josh Bolick with Maria Bonn and Will Cross
1.2       The Economic Context: ScholComm Is Money
Maria Bonn with Will Cross and Josh Bolick
1.3       The Technological Context: Scholcomm is Format
Will Cross with Josh Bolick and Maria Bonn
1.4       The Social Context: ScholComm Is People
Josh Bolick with Maria Bonn and Will Cross
1.5       The Legal and Policy Context: ScholComm Is Sharing
Will Cross with Josh Bolick and Maria Bonn
Part II.  Scholarly Communication and Open Culture
2.0       Introduction to Open: Responses and Opportunities
Will Cross with Josh Bolick and Maria Bonn
2.1       Open Access
Amy Buckland
With contributions from:

  • Tara Robertson: “Digitization: Just Because You Can, Doesn’t Mean You Should”
  • Gillian Byrne: “Public Libraries and Open Access”
  • Charlotte Roh: “Open Access and Capitalism”
  • Meredith Jacob: “What Puts the ‘Open’ into ‘Open Access’? Creative Commons Licenses, Fair Use, and Research in the Twenty-First Century”
  • Marcel LaFlamme: “Unbundle with Care: Capacitating Open Access One Task at a Time”
  • Samuel Moore: “The Undecidable Nature of Predatory Publishing”
  • Dorothea Salo: “Open Access and Privacy”

2.2       Open Data
edited by Brianna Marshall
2.2.1    Introduction to Open Data
Cameron Cook
2.2.2    Managing, Sharing, and Publishing Data
Susan Ivey, Sophia Lafferty-Hess, Peace Ossom-Williamson, and Katie Barrick
2.2.3    Supporting Reproducible Research
Gabriele Hayden, Tisha Mentnech, Vicky Rampin, and Franklin Sayre

  • Appendix A: Glossary: Definitions of Reproducibility Concepts
  • Appendix B: Tools for Computational Reproducibility
  • Appendix C: Examples of Computational Reproducibility

2.2.4    Ethics of Open Data
Brandon Locke and Nic Weber
2.3       Open Education
edited by Lillian Hogendoorn
2.3.1    Introduction to Open Education What Is Open Education?
Lillian Hogendoorn A Short History of OER
Emily Carlisle-Johnston Benefits, Barriers, and Myths
Camille Thomas, Ariana Santiago, and Laura Miller
2.3.2    Libraries and Open Educational Resources Why Libraries? Why Librarians?
Regina Gong How Libraries Support Open Educational Resources
Abbey K. Elder Day-to-Day OER Work
Amanda C. Larson
2.3.3    Open Pedagogy Defining Open and OER-Enabled Pedagogy
Robin DeRosa and Rajiv Jhangiani Critical Information Literacy and Open Pedagogy
Will Engle and Erin Fields
2.3.4    Current Issues in the Field
Margaret McLaughlin, Ali Versluis, and Sarah Hare
2.4       Open Science and Infrastructure
2.4.1    Defining Open Science
Micah Vandegrift
2.4.2    Generation Open
Sam Teplitzky
2.4.3    How Open Became Infrastructure
Micah Vandegrift and Kaitlin Thaney
Part III. Voices from the Field: Perspectives, Intersections, and Case Studies
3.0       Introduction
Maria Bonn with Will Cross and Josh Bolick
3.1       Perspectives
3.1.1    How Vocational Awe and Service-Oriented Neutrality Bring Bullshit Work to Scholarly Communications Librarianship
Ian Harmon
3.1.2    Scholarly Communication Services: From an Island, You Can Build Bridges
Julia Rodriguez
3.1.3    Open Access Doesn’t Equal Accessible: Serving People with Disabilities
Teresa Schultz and Elena Azadbakht
3.1.4.   Other Duties as Assigned
Arthur J. Boston
3.1.5    Opposing Forces: Navigating the Duality of Scholarly Communication Work
Elisabeth Shook
3.1.6    It’s Up to Us: Open Access in the Humanities
Jennie Rose Halperin
3.1.7    Reflections on Moving On and Scaling Up: Adapting Past Experience to Emerging Scholarly Communication Programs
Emily Kilcer, Julia Lovett, and Mark Clemente
3.1.8    Drawing from Community Archives: Approaches for a More Inclusive Open Access Movement
Jennifer Patiño
3.1.9    Notes from the Underground: On Being a Scholarly Communication Librarian without Ever Applying
Brian Quinn and Innocent Awasom Afuh
3.1.10  Teaching Scholarly Communication
Dick Kawooya
3.2       Intersections
3.2.1    The Relationship between University Presses and Academic Libraries: Past, Present, and Future
Annie Johnson at the intersection of university presses and academic libraries
3.2.2    Defining Collection Development as Operational Scholarly Communication in Academic Libraries
Lindsay Cronk at the intersection of scholarly communication and collection strategy
3.2.3    Partnership Building across Social Media and Copyright: An Edited Conversation
Sarah Moczygemba and Perry Collins at the intersection of social media and copyright
3.2.4    Library Publishing and Collection Development: Eliminating Information Asymmetry
Emma Molls at the intersection of library publishing and collection development
3.2.5    Putting Community in Scholarly Communication: Partnerships with Public Libraries
Anali Maughan Perry and Eric Prosser at the intersection of academic and public libraries
3.2.6    Librarians Opening Up Open Education: A University, Community College, and Public Library Partnership to Increase OER Usage in Texas
Carrie Gits, Natalie Hill, and Colleen Lyon at the intersection of university, community college, and public libraries
3.2.7    Bridging Scholarly Communication and Data Services: Intersections in Openness and Sharing
Erin Jerome and Thea Atwood at the intersection of scholarly communication and data services
3.3       Case Studies
3.3.1    So You Have an Open Access Policy—Now What? Evaluating Simon Fraser University’s Open Access Policy
Alison Moore and Jennifer Zerkee on evaluating an open access policy
3.3.2    Failure Is an Option! What We Can Learn from Unsuccessful Scholarly Communication Initiatives
Carla Myers on learning from failures
3.3.3    Navigating Open Access Initiatives in a Sea of Mixed Support
Kerry Sewell and Jeanne Hoover on supporting OA with limited support
3.3.4    Copyright First Responders: Decentralized Expertise, Cultural Institutions, and Risk
Kyle Courtney and Emily Kilcer on developing a community of copyright practice
3.3.5    Mind Your Ps and Ts: Promotion, Tenure, and the Challenge for Open Access
Josh Cromwell on promotion, tenure, and open access
3.3.6    Professionalizing for New Performance Duties
Gemmicka Piper on the problematics of professionalization
3.3.7    A Journal of One’s Own: Developing an Innovative, Values-Driven Open Journal
Spencer D. C. Keralis and John Edward Martin on developing a values-driven open journal
3.3.8    Mentorship Is a Thing
Marilyn S. Billings and Charlotte Roh on mentorship
Conclusion: Adding Your Voice to the Conversation
Contributor Bios

Maria Bonn

Maria Bonn is an Associate Professor and Director of the MS in Library and Information Science program in the School of Information Sciences at the university of Illinois Urbana Champaign. Her research and teaching focuses on academic librarianship and the role of libraries in scholarly communication and publishing. She served as the associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, with responsibility for publishing and scholarly communications initiatives, including Michigan Publishing. She has also been an assistant professor of English at institutions both in the United States and abroad. She received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Rochester, master’s and doctoral degrees in American literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master’s in information and library science from the University of Michigan.

Josh Bolick

Josh Bolick is the head of the David Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication and Copyright at the University of Kansas and a colead editor of this book and related projects. He advocates for open access, authors’ rights, open education, and issues related and is interested in OER as a vehicle for expanding scholarly communication knowledge and expertise. Josh holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina Wilmington and a master’s in library and information studies from Florida State University.

Will Cross

Will Cross is a medium-sized pile of diplomas in a trench coat. He serves as the Director of the Open Knowledge Center at N.C. State University, an instructor at UNC Chapel Hill, and a Senior Policy Fellow at American University’s Washington College of Law. His current research on harmonizing copyright literacy in open knowledge communities is supported by grants from the IMLS, the Hewlett Foundation, and LYRASIS. In 2023 he conducted research on copyright literacies in European open science communities as a Fulbright Schuman Innovation Fellow.