Library Juice Academy

Online Professional Development for Librarians

Introduction to Scholarly Communications

Instructor: Carli Spina

Dates: April 6th through May 3rd, 2020

Credits: 1.5 CEUs or 15 PDHs

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 an associate professor and the Head of Research & Instructional Services at the library at SUNY's Fashion Institute of Technology. Previously, she was 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 user experience, web design, and technology projects as well as serving as a coordinator for services to patrons with disabilities. She is a member of LITA's Bylaws and Organization Committee. She was also the inaugural chair of LITA's Diversity and Inclusion Committee and the leader of the ASCLA Library Services to People with Visual or Physical Disabilities that Prevent Them from Reading Standard Print Interest Group. She teaches classes and workshops for librarians, academic staff, and students on a range of topics, including accessibility, user experience, 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

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