Sustaining and Enhancing the Scholarly Communications Department

A Comprehensive Guide

by Kris S. Helge, Ahmet Meti Tmava, and Amanda R. Zerangue


This book is vital for librarians and information specialists interested in the scholarly communications field, whether they have no prior experience or need more in-depth information.

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November 2019

Libraries Unlimited

Pages 164
Volumes 1
Size 6 1/8x9 1/4
Topics Reference and Information Services and Tools/Reference and Information Services
  Librarian's Instructional Role/Information Literacy and Instruction, College Level and Above

Learn how to develop, manage, and maintain a scholarly communications department.

More and more academic libraries are being asked to provide scholarly communications services to their campuses, ranging from general information about copyright law to instruction for creating and hosting digital repositories and publishing services. To support academic librarians and information specialists in starting their own scholarly communications departments, Sustaining and Enhancing the Scholarly Communications Department begins by introducing key scholarly communications concepts, including copyright, Creative Commons licenses, author rights, open access, open educational resources, open-access e-journals, and institutional repositories.

Authors Helge, Tmava, and Zerangue explain how to develop, manage, market, and maintain a scholarly communications department. They define specific tasks and tools for which many scholarly communications departments are responsible, including intellectual property, licensing issues, promoting open access, data management, and plagiarism conundrums. They also discuss strategies for collaborating with key campus stakeholders and convey which academic degrees benefit and may be necessary for personnel in a scholarly communications department. Finally, the authors offer managerial and leadership techniques to increase employee productivity, efficiency, retention, motivation, and happiness within the scholarly communications department.


  • Introduces and clearly defines key scholarly communications concepts
  • Explains how to establish and maintain a successful scholarly communications department
  • Discusses how to effectively market a scholarly communications department and collaborate across academic units
  • Describes necessary technology for successful data management, e-journal publishing, and maintaining a scholarship repository
  • Provides a framework for selecting and retaining successful employees
Author Info

Kris S. Helge is assistant dean of academic engagement at Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX. He is author of numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and coauthor of The Teaching Librarian: Web 2.0, Technology, and Legal Aspects, which discusses scholarly communications. Kris previously served as the scholarly communications librarian at the University of North Texas. He holds a PhD in information science from the University of North Texas, a JD from South Texas College of Law Houston, an MLS from the University of North Texas, and a BA from Baylor University.

Ahmet Meti Tmava is assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Studies at the Texas Woman's University, where he teaches core courses and library assessment. He holds a Ph.D. in information science from the University of North Texas. He has worked in academic libraries for over ten years, primarily with public services, digital collections, and research data services. He has previously presented at national and international conferences such as Texas Conference on Digital Libraries, Association for Information Science and Technology, International Conference on Knowledge Management, and Association for Library and Information Science Education.

Amanda R. Zerangue is manager of digital services and a scholarly communications librarian at Texas Woman's University, Denton, TX. She practiced school law for a number of years prior to transitioning into librarianship. In her current position, she supports campus researchers by providing guidance on copyright and also access to a suite of scholarly communications services for the campus community. She holds a JD from Southern Methodist University, an MLS from the University of North Texas, and a BA from Amherst College.

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