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Wednesday, November 7 • 5:45pm - 6:45pm
CANCELLED: Laying the groundwork for a scholarly communications program: Assessing training needs of liaison and graduate librarians

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The field of scholarly communications encompasses a broad set of services and skills, including publishing, open access, copyright, and research impact. When building a new scholarly communications program, where should a library start? As more libraries step into the foray of scholarly communications services, assessing librarians’ levels of confidence providing these services is pivotal. This presentation will describe how the Kennesaw State University (KSU) Library System conducted an assessment of scholarly communication priorities and training needs of its Undergraduate Liaison and Graduate Librarians in order to guide the development of a scholarly communications program.

In the fall of 2017, the KSU Library System hired a new Scholarly Communications Librarian to build a scholarly communications program on campus. KSU is an R3 Doctoral Institution with an enrollment of approximately 36,000 students on two campuses in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The KSU Library offers two programs to support faculty instruction, collection development, and research – an Undergraduate Liaison program and a Graduate Library program. In order to better understand the current awareness of scholarly communication issues, the KSU Library conducted an assessment of its Undergraduate Liaison and Graduate Librarians.

Utilizing an electronic survey, the Scholarly Communications Librarian assessed KSU librarians’ perceptions of scholarly communications priorities for the campus, the types of scholarly communications services that they are already providing, and their own scholarly communications training needs. During this poster presentation, attendees will learn about the development of the survey method and the results of this assessment and be able to discuss with the author potential scholarly communications initiatives based upon the assessment results.

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April Schweikhard

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Kennesaw State University

Wednesday November 7, 2018 5:45pm - 6:45pm EST
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel