In the November 21 issue of the Chronicle of Higher Education, Jennifer Howard discusses the emerging role of the scholarly communications specialist on campus.

More institutions are creating or beefing up offices and programs in scholarly communication or hiring librarians with expertise in copyright and intellectual property.

Services vary wildly from place to place. But Karla Hahn, who directs the Office of Scholarly Communication for the Association of Research Libraries, has seen some major themes emerge. Faculty outreach â€” making sure that faculty members understand their rights and responsibilities and the options available to them â€” “is pretty universally a component,” she says. Other common elements include helping academics figure out copyright issues and how to navigate institutional repositories. Offering publishing services outside of university presses is another large and growing area.

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