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Scholarly Communication Road Show and Support for Authors Workshop – July 28, 2009

Association of College and Research Libraries

In conjunction with the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), the libraries of Washington University, University of Missouri, and Southern Illinois University, Carbondale hosted a free day-long workshop that covered scholarly communication and strategies for author support on July 28, 2009.

The workshop included two sessions:

Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics

  • Molly Kleinman, University of Michigan Libraries
  • Lee Van Orsdel, University Libraries at Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan
  • Ruth Lewis, Washington University
About the Presenters:

Molly Kleinman is Special Assistant to the Dean of Libraries at the University of Michigan. She works with Dean of Libraries Paul Courant on a broad spectrum of administrative projects and activities, including daily operations, research and writing, financial and personnel management, and maintaining connections to the academic and information communities beyond the University. She also serves as communications coordinator and liaison for Library administration, and serves in an ex-officio capacity to the Library Dean’s Group.

Previously Molly served as Copyright Specialist for the University of Michigan Library, where she organized copyright education and outreach for faculty, staff, and students, worked on author advocacy initiatives, and provided copyright support for the Library’s digital publishing initiatives. Molly received her B.A. in English and Gender Studies from Bryn Mawr College, and her M.S. in Information from the University of Michigan School of Information.

Lee Van Orsdel is Dean of University Libraries at Grand Valley State University, a comprehensive university of 24,000 students in Allendale, Michigan. She came to GVSU via dean/directorships at Eastern Kentucky University and the University of Montevallo in Alabama, preceded by a long tenure as Head of Reader Services at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama. Van Orsdel chaired the multi-type consortium that obtained funding for the first iteration of the Alabama Virtual Library and later chaired SAALCK, the consortium of State Assisted Academic Libraries in Kentucky. She served a term on the Board of Directors of SOLINET and is currently on the Board of the Michigan Library Association. A stint as library consultant for EBSCO Information Services generated interest in the scholarly communications marketplace and led to the invitation to co-author Library Journal’s annual Periodicals Pricing Survey, which over the last 16 years has grown into a broad market analysis. Van Orsdel has spoken nationally and internationally on scholarly communications issues. She is a founding faculty member of the ARL/ACRL Scholarly Communications Institute and serves on ACRL’s Scholarly Communications Committee. She is a member of the SPARC Steering Committee. Van Orsdel earned a B.A. degree in History and French from Samford University, an M.A. in History from Florida State University, and an MLIS from the University of Alabama.

Ruth Lewis is the Biology and Mathematics librarian at Washington University in St. Louis. She is co-chair of the Scholarly Communications Group at Washington University. Prior to her time in St. Louis, Ruth was at the Health Sciences Library (now Hardin library) at the University of Iowa.

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Strategies for Author Support

Panel Moderator:

Bob Engeszer, Washington University School of Medicine

  • Jonathan Nabe, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale
  • Ann Riley, University of Missouri
  • Cathy Sarli, Washington University School of Medicine
  • Melissa Vetter, Washington University
  • Deb Ward, University of Missouri
About the Presenters:

Jonathan Nabe is the Coordinator of OpenSIUC, the institutional repository at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He is also the Collection Development Librarian for Science and Technology at SIUC. He holds a B.S. in Zoology from SIUC, and a MSLIS from the University of Illinois.

Ann Campion Riley is currently the Asst. Director for Technical Services at the U. of Missouri Libraries in Columbia. She has been a librarian for over 30 years, working in Illinois, California, New Mexico and Missouri. Active in many state and national groups, she was recently elected to the Executive Board of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). As part of her work at the U. of Missouri she has overseen development of their institutional repository, MOspace.

Cathy Sarli is the Scholarly Communications Specialist at Washington University School of Medicine, Becker Medical Library. She is co-chair of the Scholarly Communications Group at Washington University. Cathy is a member of the Academy of Health Information Professionals and is a certified archivist.

Melissa Vetter works in Olin Library on the Danforth Campus of Washington University as the Coordinator of Subject Librarians/Psychology Librarian. As Coordinator, she supports 28 subject librarians by developing programs and educational opportunities, securing tools to assist them, and increasing collaboration amongst them. She has worked in this role since November of 2007, but has worked at the Libraries since 2002.

Deborah Ward has been Director of the Health Sciences Library at the University of Missouri, Columbia since July 1997. Ms. Ward serves as adjunct faculty for the University of Missouri Department of Health Management and Informatics and is the co-creator of two organizations: the Family Physicians Inquiries Network and the MAHEC Digital Library, an information service for health care providers in the state of Missouri. Her professional interests include library outreach, leadership training for librarians, and applications of information to improved health care. She is currently working on a multi-faceted value of information research study.


Follow-Up Activity

Presentation on Author Rights
Date: Friday, October 16, 2009
Time: 10:30 - 11:30 am
Location: Washington University West Campus, Room A/B

Advance registration not required.


For more information on the workshops or follow-up activity, please contact Ruth Lewis or Cathy Sarli.

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