Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Scholarly Communications

Instructor: Carli Spina

Dates: Not currently scheduled

Credits: 1.5 CEUs

Price: $175

The scholarly publishing environment continues to evolve, but one aspect that has not changed is the central role that librarians play in this arena. Faculty are looking to the library for advice on how to navigate the increasingly complicated process of publications and for guidance on the impact copyright has on both their own publications and the materials that they use in their classes. Once librarians have established their expertise in these areas, they not only have an opportunity to offer much needed services to their patrons but also to serve as true advocates on campus in conversations about Open Access, tenure procedures, and course design.

In this course, participants will gain an understanding of the scholarly communications landscape and will learn the basics on academic publishing issues, copyright, Open Access, and institutional repositories. By the end of the course, participants will be prepared to:

  • advise colleagues and patrons on scholarly communications issues,
  • determine whether their institution should have an institutional repository and, if so, how it should be administered
  • navigate common copyright issues that occur in libraries and academic institutions
  • advocate for change at their institutions
  • keep up-to-date in this fast changing area of librarianship
Carli Spina

Carli Spina is the Head Librarian, Assessment and Outreach at the Boston College Libraries. Carli holds a J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School, an MLIS from Simmons GSLIS, and an M.Ed. from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She has extensive experience working on web design and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She is the current chair of LITA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and has also served as the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She has taught many classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility and web design. Twitter, Website

Course Structure

This is an online class that is taught asynchronously, meaning that participants do the work on their own time as their schedules allow. The class does not meet together at any particular times, although the instructor may set up optional sychronous chat sessions. Instruction includes readings and assignments in one-week segments. Class participation is in an online forum environment.

Payment Info

Please contact us to arrange a special session of this class for a group of seven or more, with a negotiable discount, or to be notified when it is next scheduled.