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.
- 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:
- Articulate clear roles and responsibilities of the ScholComm Advisory Group and ScholComm Steering.
- Provide a concise and clear description of the operational services and support provided.
- Ensure that expected service is delivered through measurable means.
- Communicate expectations for PALNI supported institutions.
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.
- Raises awareness and provides professional development opportunities related to ScholComm activities, via web and in-person.
- Identifies and maintains resources, tools, and services applicable to ScholComm initiatives.
- Creates targeted task forces on pertinent ScholComm topics.
- Provides overarching structure for Collection Management Policy Team, PALNI Digital Admin Team, and Institutional Repository Task Force.
- In conjunction with Instructional Tech, provides overarching structure for the Affordable Education Initiatives Task Force
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.
- Amanda Hurford, PALNI Scholarly Communications Director, Chair
- John Lamborn, Wabash College
- Olivia MacIsaac, Butler University
- Heather Myers, Anderson University
- Jennifer Raye, Butler University
ScholComm includes the following Admin Team and Task Forces:
- Collection Management Policy Team, Representative - Kirsten Leonard, PALNI Executive Director
- PALNI Digital Admin Team, Representative - Darla Haines, Manchester University
- Institutional Repository (IR) Task Force, Representative - Vacant
- Affordable Education Initiatives (AEI) Task Force (co-administered with Instructional Tech), Representative - Andrea Cohn, University of St. Francis
Ongoing Responsibilities of ScholComm
- Review the statement of work annually or as necessary to address changes in staffing, expectations, or service need.
- Perform action items, including those from the strategic plan and others that are identified.
- Actively collaborate with other PALNI groups.
- Raise awareness and provide professional development opportunities related to ScholComm activities, via web and in-person.
- Identify and maintain resources and tools applicable ScholComm initiatives.
- Provide support for PALNI ScholComm services.
- Create and lead targeted task forces on pertinent ScholComm topics.
- Provide overarching structure for Collection Management Policy Team, PALNI Digital Admin Team, and Institutional Repository (IR) Task Force.
- In conjunction with Instructional Tech, provide overarching structure for the Affordable Education Initiatives (AEI) Task Force.
Ongoing Responsibilities of ScholComm Steering
- Members of the ScholComm Steering Committee spend 3 or more hours a month working on ScholComm activities, and are expected to serve in a ScholComm leadership capacity by chairing and/or serving on task forces, as well as planning ScholComm events.
Ongoing Local Responsibilities
- ScholComm’s resources and support are developed specifically for PALNI- supported institutions. Implementation of tools and services should be done at the local level in coordination with ScholComm and/or PALNI Scholarly Communications Director.
- ScholComm provides the PALNI community, the PALNI board, and other stakeholders with updates about activities and support requests.
For More Information
- Contact PALNI Scholarly Communications Director Amanda Hurford at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Updated April 10, 2018 by Amanda Hurford