Scholarly Communications (ScholComm) Advisory Group

Description and Statement of Work

Return on Investment (ROI)

Because participation in the work of ScholComm is optional, ROI will vary from person to person. Each member of ScholComm will have the opportunity to attend one or more web and in-person professional development opportunities, and can also serve on task forces.

  • ScholComm Advisory Group Member
  • Investment: ScholComm’s web and in-person professional development opportunities may range from one hour to one day.  These meetings will provide opportunities for engagement in ScholComm topics and networking with others interested in scholarly communications.  There is also a variable time commitment to explore and implement resources, tools, and services provided by ScholComm.
  • Return: Attendance at ScholComm’s professional development opportunities will allow participants to be greater informed about this emerging and evolving field, and to connect to their PALNI ScholComm colleagues. Exploring ScholComm’s resources, tools, and services educates members in a way that prevents duplication of effort and allows quick access to relevant material.
  • ScholComm Steering Committee Member
  • Investment: Members of the ScholComm Steering Committee are expected to spend at least 3 hours a month on ScholComm work. This includes biweekly to monthly hour long meetings used to define and develop action items.
  • Return: ScholComm steering members receive up to $1500 annually in professional development funds to develop skills and share knowledge. They also gain an increased understanding of scholarly communication, experience developing a ScholComm program, and leadership development.
  • ScholComm Task Force Member
  • Investment: Each task force meets bi-weekly to monthly for one hour to address specific action items. Duration and work for the task force varies by task force and level of involvement.
  • Return: ScholComm Task Force members get the opportunity to focus on specific areas of interest and/or expertise, share knowledge across ScholComm/PALNI, and to apply best practices/expertise at their home institutions.
  • All of PALNI
  • Return: ScholComm’s work provides resources, tools, and services to all PALNI members regardless of involvement in ScholComm activities.

Goals of this Statement of Work

This statement of work defines the operational support provided by the ScholComm Advisory Group and ScholComm Steering to PALNI supported institutions. The objectives of this statement of work are to:

Group Charge

The Scholarly Communications Advisory Group (ScholComm) develops and supports scholarly communication initiatives at the PALNI-supported institutions.  PALNI defines scholarly communication as the cycle through which scholarly information is created, evaluated, disseminated, acquired, and preserved.  Initiatives include open access, scholarly publishing, institutional repositories, affordable education initiatives, and digitization. ScholComm also develops and maintains policies regarding the production, collection, management, preservation, and licensing of content collected and developed through such efforts.

Specifically, ScholComm:

Group Membership

Anyone employed by a PALNI-supported institution who is interested in scholarly communications as defined by PALNI (the cycle through which scholarly information is created, evaluated, disseminated, acquired, and preserved) may participate in ScholComm. Participation in ScholComm events and work is encouraged but optional.

The work of ScholComm is coordinated by a steering committee.

ScholComm includes the following Admin Team and Task Forces:

Ongoing Responsibilities of ScholComm

Ongoing Responsibilities of ScholComm Steering

Ongoing Local Responsibilities



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Updated April 10, 2018 by Amanda Hurford