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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 monthly to bimonthly hour long meetings used to define and develop action items.
  • Return: ScholComm steering members receive up to $2000 annually in professional development funds to develop skills and share knowledge. They also gain an increased understanding of scholarly communication, experience developing ScholComm programs, and leadership development.
  • ScholComm Task Force Member
  • Investment: Each task force meets 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 learning, and digitization.

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 Teams and Task Force(s), and their representatives also serve on the Steering Committee.

Representative: Nicholas Stanton-Roark, Anderson University/PALNI

This team will operationalize workflows for the PALNI collaborative institutional repository and provide ongoing administration, training, and support.

Representative: Sudha Anand, DePauw University

Administer and provide support for PALNI’s digital asset platform for archival collections. Maintain system policies and recommend best practices for digital content management. Ensure data source interoperability with Indiana Memory, DPLA, and the PALNI discovery layer. As part of Scholarly Communications, work with other teams and task forces (primarily the Institutional Repository Task Force) on specific projects.

Representative: Erin Milanese, PALNI

This team provides ongoing administration and support for the PALNI Affordable Learning program.

Representative: Amanda Hurford, PALNI

Provides support for library publishing activities at PALNI-supported institutions. The team primarily creates and maintains documentation for basic level journal publishing services using the Open Journal Systems (OJS) platform; and also develops skills and workflows for other highly desired services, content types, and platforms under the PALNI Press. Members will work collectively to address local barriers to library publishing, engage with the library publishing community, and monitor the landscape for new developments in this area.

ScholComm includes the following Task Forces:

Representative: Jennifer Coronado

This task force will build PALNI’s capacity for the adaptation (editing and remixing) and creation of open resources such as open textbooks and ancillary content. This includes project pre-planning, education module development, deciding requirements/deliverables, and assessment plan for this initiative. This group will investigate platforms to be administered, identify services to develop, and perform a capacity scan based on best practices for modifying and publishing open content.

Ongoing Responsibilities of ScholComm

Ongoing Responsibilities of ScholComm Steering

Ongoing Local Responsibilities



Major Services

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Updated August 17, 2021 by Amanda Hurford