University of Central Florida (UCF) Background
UCF Libraries' Scholarly Communication program
The group began its work by creating an innovative “Research Lifecycle” model to help define an evolving menu of scholarly communication resources and services that could be turned on, when available, to UCF constituents.
Other steps to achieving success included creating a “Publishing in the Academy” workshop series with the College of Graduate Studies, a Grants Writing workshop series with the Office of Research and Commercialization, and a strong slate of academic faculty “Open Access Champions.”
Creating the UCF Libraries’ “Open Access Champions” program
- Whom do academic faculty listen to… librarians or academic faculty colleagues?
- What if UCF Libraries had a distinguished group of academic faculty who would publicly support Open Access on the UCF Libraries website?
- Would endorsement of Open Access by academic faculty colleagues get the attention of other academic faculty across campus and increase support for Open Access on campus?
- In spring 2013 UCF Libraries created a new Subject Librarian service model
- The new Subject Librarians got to work profiling their assigned academic faculty and departments
- Subject Librarian profiling revealed faculty who were involved with Open Access journals
- Subject Librarians reached out to these likely faculty via email [see below sample notes] and invited them to become UCF “Open Access Champions” by submitting their photos and “Open Access statements” for publication on the UCF Libraries website
- Junior faculty seemed especially interested in supporting Open Access. Having their photos and Open Access statements displayed on the UCF Libraries website (and later on large color posters displayed in the John C. Hitt Library main foyer, 2013) and in the UCF Honors College lobby, 2014) appealed to them.
- Open Access Champions also were invited to make presentations relating to their Open Access activities at the 2013 and 2014 Open Access Week programs sponsored by UCF Libraries and were presented with “Certificates of Appreciation” (please see below sample).
Several events involved UCF Open Access Champions:
Thursday, October 17, 11:00-12:00 Library room 223
How librarians can help researchers navigate open access choices – webinar synopsis and Q&A
Monday, October 21, 3:00-4:00 Library room 223 – Guest speaker!
Social Media for Academics: Promoting Your Research, Creating Community and Increasing Access
Watch the recording of Kimberly Voss’ presentation on Social Media for Academics online
Wednesday, October 23, 1:30-2:00 Library room 223
UCF Open Access Champions Meet and Greet
Wednesday, October 23, 2:00-3:00 Library room 223
ASERL's Open Access Week Chat with Peter Suber
2014 Open Access Week events
Several presentations given by UCF Open Access Champions:
- Dr. Peter Suber: Answering questions about Open Access submitted by attendees
- Dr. Barry Mauer: Lost Data: The Specter of the Information Age
- IEEE: Publishing in Open Access
- Springer: Publishing in Open Access
- Gale: Publishing in Open Access
- Taylor & Francis: Publishing in Open Access
- Q & A session with IEEE, Springer, Gale, and Taylor & Francis
- Dr Nancy Stanlick: Open Access Journal Publication
- Dr. Scot French: Open Access and Digital Public History
- Dr. Bruce Janz: Digital Humanities, Open Access and Scholarship in Africa
- Dr. Joyce Nutta and Dr. Florin Mihai: Publishing using the Open Journal System Platform
- Dr. Kimberly Voss: Blogging and Tweeting your Open Access Work: Build Buzz and Citations with Social Media
Where We Are Now
The UCF Libraries’ grassroots Scholarly Communication program proved to be so successful (2012-2015) that in 2015 UCF Libraries received a UCF Technology Fee award to finance a bepress “Digital Commons” institutional repository and also received funding to hire a full-time Scholarly Communication Librarian.
The Open Access Champions initiative is still very much in existence. As part of a new initiative to increase academic faculty involvement with the Scholarly Communication Office, a new Scholarly Communication Faculty Advisory Board has been created that includes eleven UCF academic faculty members. Several of the original “Open Access Champions” are now members of this new advisory board.
Anderson, N. (2015) With 54,000 students and growing, University of Central Florida storms higher ed. The Washington Post
University of Central Florida. Institutional Knowledge Management Office. (2015) 2014-2015 Common Data Set
Retrieved October 7, 2015 from https://ikm.ucf.edu/files/2015/07/Common-Data-Set-2014-2015.pdf
University of Central Florida Libraries. (2015) Scholarly Communication [web page]. Retrieved October 7, 2015 from http://library.ucf.edu/about/departments/scholarly-communication/
UCF Libraries’ Staff who assisted with Open Access Champions
Barry Baker, Director, University of Central Florida Libraries.
Dr. Penny Beile, Associate Director, Information Services /Scholarly Communication, University of Central Florida Libraries.
Cynthia Dancel, Senior Art Specialist, Information Services/Scholarly Communication Division, University of Central Florida Libraries.
Lee Dotson, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Information Technology and Digital Initiatives, University of Central Florida Libraries.
Davina Hovanec, Technical Assistant, Information Technology and Digital Initiatives, University of Central Florida Libraries.
Barbara Tierney, Head, Research & Information Services, University of Central Florida Libraries.
UCF Open Access Champions:
(Each faculty member has a photo and a comment about open access on this webpage)
Dr. Bruce Janz, Philosophy Dept. (College of Arts & Humanities)
Dr. Mark Kamrath English Dept. (College of Arts & Humanities)
Dr. Peter Larson History Dept. (College of Arts & Humanities)
Dr. Barry Mauer English Dept. (College of Arts & Humanities)
Dr. Rudy McDaniel (College of Arts & Humanities)
Dr. Joyce Nutta Teaching, Learning, & Leadership (College of Education & Human Performance).
Dr Maria Santana Women’s Studies Program (College of Arts & Humanities)
Dr. Kim Voss Communication, Nicholson School of
Dr. Chrysalis Wright Regional Campuses – UCF South Lake
Letters Used to Recruit Faculty
Thank you very much for joining the UCF Libraries “Subject Librarian Initiative”! We are delighted to have your participation!
As you work to profile the academic faculty in your assigned academic departments, would you please keep a lookout for any of your faculty members who appear to be publishing in “Open Access” journals , or, who appear to be interested in Open Access and Scholarly Communication issues and activities.
The Scholarly Communication Office is interested in creating a UCF Libraries “Scholarly Communication Web Page” which might be populated with photos/vignettes of “UCF Faculty Open Access Champions” ( identified by their Subject Librarians when they are “profiling” their assigned faculty) who will share their stories about publishing in the various Open Access online journals and other publications in their discipline.
The Scholarly Communication web page might be divided into sections, by UCF College, and have the faces of one of two Open Access Champion faculty members from each college populate each section of the web page.
Each chosen “Open Access Faculty Member” could serve as a “Champion” for our UCF Libraries Scholarly Communication unit and could work with his Subject Librarian to “tell his story”.
The Scholarly Communication Library Staff believes that most UCF Faculty would be very interested in hearing the “Open Access stories” of other UCF Faculty. Perhaps a UCF Libraries web page that focused on “UCF Faculty Open Access Champions” would capture a faculty audience for other Open Access, scholarly communication information that we wish to promulgate to the UCF community.
Dear Dr. _____,
Congratulations on your work with the open access journal “__________________.”
UCF Libraries cordially invites you to be featured as a “UCF Libraries Open Access Champion” on the UCF Libraries’ Scholarly Communication web page: http://library.ucf.edu/ScholarlyCommunication/.
With your permission we would include your photograph and your brief message in support of Open Access in a scrolling display of photos of UCF Faculty Open Access Champions on the UCF Libraries’ Scholarly Communication web page.
Your Open Access support might be publishing articles in Open Access journals http://library.ucf.edu/ScholarlyCommunication/ScholarlyPublishing.php#WhereToPublish
or supporting UCF Senate Faculty Resolutions on Open Access: http://library.ucf.edu/ScholarlyCommunication/SenateResolutions.php
or involvement with one or more of the Open Access support organizations or other Open Access activities.
Thank you for letting us know if UCF Libraries may include you on our Scholarly Communication web page as a UCF Libraries Open Access Champion.
Dear Dr. ________,
UCF Libraries is delighted that you have chosen to become one of our UCF Faculty Open Access Champions!
We look forward to including your photo and Open Access statement on our Scholarly Communication web page.
Would you please be so kind as to fill out the attached “UCF Libraries Photographic Release” form so that we will be able to do this.
(It would be fine if you scanned the completed form and emailed it back to me).
Many, many thanks for joining our circle of UCF Open Access Champions!
Photographic Release Form (UCF Libraries Scholarly Communication Office)
I hereby release, discharge, and hold harmless the University and its agents from any and all claims, demands, or causes of action that I may hereafter have by reason of anything contained in the photographs or video.
I do further certify that I am either of legal age, or possess full legal capacity to execute the foregoing authorization and release.
This post was authored by Barbara Tierney (Barbara.email@example.com). Barbara currently is Head of Research and Information Services for the Univ. of Central Florida Libraries (2013 to the present) and formerly served as the Head of Research and Information Services for the Univ. of North Carolina, Charlotte. Barbara’s publications include “Transforming Library Service through Information Commons” (by D.R. Bailey and B.Tierney, ALA Eds., 2008) and “The Information Commons Handbook” (by D. Beagle, with B. Tierney and D.R. Bailey, Neal-Schuman Pub., 2006).