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Librarians' Scholarly Communication Toolkit  

Information for developing a basic understanding of scholarly communication and open access issues and resources.
Last Updated: Jun 9, 2016 URL: http://guides.library.ucsb.edu/toolkit Print Guide

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Scholarly Communication Program

The UCSB Library Scholarly Communication Program is coordinated by the Scholarly Communication Program Coordinator, Sherri L. Barnes, in collaboration with the Scholarly Communication Group, which replaced the Scholarly Communcation Committee, the originators of this Toolkit.  The membership and charge for the Committee is the box below.  

The Toolkit was created for librarian training purposes.  As the Scholarly Communication Program has grown to include outreach to the campus community, ongoing librarain training has primarily ocurred at collection manager meetings, which are documented on the training page, and scholarly comunication programming for the campus community, documented on the schol comm website.  Librarains are also encouraged to keep up with information on the Library's Scholarly Communication webpage and the UC's Office of Scholarly Communication webpage.  The Toolkit has not been update regularly since the Library's initial forays into exploring scholarly communication issues.

Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings and knowledge are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use.

The UCSB Library is committed to partnering with faculty to address the challenges and seize the opportunities presented by the transformative changes currently underway in scholarly communication. Although university libraries have been increasingly challenged by the unsustainable business models practiced by some publishers of scholarly information, new opportunities for sustainable, peer-reviewed, open-access publishing are developing rapidly, providing faculty the possibility of expanding the impact and visibility of their work by reaching new worldwide audiences.


2010-2011 Scholarly Communication Committee & Charge

One of the major collection development goals for the coming year is to provide training on scholarly communication issues, with the objective of developing collection managers' basic competencies, and to prepare librarians for SC outreach and liaison work with faculty and graduate students. To this end, UCSB Library's Scholarly Communication Committee was appointed by Lucia Snowhill, Acting Co-University Librarian and AUL for Collection Development.


  1. Develop a modular training plan on topics of scholarly communication
  2. Draft core competencies in scholarly communication
  3. Advise on the best structure for the training - collection groups, all collman meetings, etc., as appropriate
  4. Create and maintain a resource web page for collection managers
  5. Recommend an ongoing advisory structure/committee within the library to:
  • monitor scholarly communication issues
  • develop expertise and monitor development in all scholarly communication issues
  • act as a resource for library personnel with SC questions and coordinate training related to SC
  • identify and maintain liaison with campus and UC resource personnel for referral
  • maintain awareness of UC and campus policies related to SC
  • maintain a library SC resource Web site
  • inform Library Administration of issues, policy and procedural needs
  • act as a liaison to campus groups and initiatives related to SC


Janet Martorana (Co-Chair), Social Sciences Collection Group Coordinator

    Jane Faulkner (Co-Chair), French and English Literatures Librarian

      Sherri Barnes, Humanities Collection Group Co-Coordinator

        Cathy Chiu, Area, Ethnic, and Gender Studies Collection Group Co-Coordinator

          Gary Colmenar, Asian American Studies, Philosophy, Linguistics and Anthropology Librarian

          Andrea Duda, Sciences and Engineering Collection Group Coordinator

          Chuck Huber, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Chemical Engineering and Materials Science Librarian

          Eunice Schroeder, Humanities Collection Group Co-Coordinator


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          Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
          Santa Barbara, CA 93106-9010
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