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UNCG Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee

Committee Charge

In April 2007, a resolution was introduced to the UNCG Faculty Senate calling for the creation of the Scholarly Communications Committee. After a short debate and discussion, the Senate responded by voting unanimously for the creation of the committee, and the committee became active in August 2007. Committee Charge


Committee Membership

The Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee is comprised of sixteen individuals—two librarians, two faculty members from the College of Arts & Sciences, one faculty member from each six professional schools, and one representative each from the Office of Research, University Counsel, Technology Transfer, Continual Learning, the Faculty Senate, and the Graduate Students Association. Committee Membership

 

Committee Activities, 2012-2013

In March, the Committee co-sponsored a Faculty Forum entitled "The Office of Innovation Commercialization and the Tenure & Promotion Process" that featured Lisa Goble, Director of the Office of Innovation Commercialization, as moderator and a panel of four faculty members -- Vincent Henrich, Noah Davis, Nicholas Williamson, and Dan Herr (Bruce Kirchoff was unable to attend). The panelists gave a brief 5-to-10 minute introduction highlighting their experience with the Office of Innovation Commercialization, especially noting observations about patents, trademarks, and copyrights, how faculty can benefit, and how their activities can be viewed in the promotion and tenure process. A very interesting question and answer period followed, with lively discussions and give-and-take among the panelists and audience. A video recording of the forum is available through NC DOCKS. A list of 14 important issues raised during the panel's presentation is available Here.

Meeting of the Scholarly Communications Committee January 29, 2013

In October, the Committee co-sponsored a Faculty Forum entitled "Open Access Publishing and the Tenure & Promotion Process" that featured four UNCG faculty panelists (Paige Hall Smith, Robert Stavn, Spoma Jovanovic, and Bill Karper). The panelists gave a brief 5-to-10 minute introduction highlighting their research and publication history, especially noting their experience with open access publishing and including information that they could share about how their colleagues and others might view open access publishing and the payment of article processing fees, and this was followed by a very interesting and informative discussion during the Q&A, with the audience and the panelists mixing it up with questions, observations, and opinions. A video recording of the forum is available through NC DOCKS.

Meeting of the Scholarly Communications Committee October 2, 2012

The Committee filed its Annual Report for 2012-2013 with the Faculty Senate at the end of the spring semester.

 

Committee Activities, 2011-2012

Meeting of the Scholarly Communications Committee March 13, 2012

In October, the Committee co-sponsored a Faculty Forum that featured Raym Crow, Senior Consultant for SPARC (Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition). Crow described how and why the author-pays open-access fee has become a significant part of our scholarly communication, and he presented perspectives from the differing viewpoints of authors, editors, and publishers. His presentation was entitled, “Sustainable Open Access, Article Processing Fees & You. Terri Shelton, Vice Chancellor for Research & Economic Development, also spoke briefly about campus support for open-access fees and other author-pays publication fees. A video recording of the forum is available through iTunes.

Meeting of the Scholarly Communications Committee September 27, 2011

The Committee filed its Annual Report for 2011-12 with the Faculty Senate at the end of the spring semester.

 

Committee Activities, 2010-2011

Meeting of the Scholarly Communications Committee March 3, 2011

Poster for Faculty Forum New Support for Faculty: Using Open Journal Systems (OJS) to Publish Electronic Journals, Newsletters, & Serials, October 19, 2010

Campus Weekly article on OJS at UNCG

Meeting of the Scholarly Communications Committee October 5, 2010

The Committee filed its Annual Report for 2010-11 with the Faculty Senate at the end of the spring semester.

 

Committee Activities, 2009-2010

In March 2010, the Committee co-sponsored a Faculty Forum that featured Kevin Smith the Scholarly Communications Officer at Duke University. His presentation was entitled "Copyright and Fair Use in Research & Teaching: Opportunities or Impediments." The Committee continued to Promote NC DOCKS, and it recommended that the Libraries investigate methods of surveying users who access particular works in NC DOCKS: a survey or questionnaire could be useful in obtaining feedback from particular communities on the value of works created through community engagement. The Committee also investigated options for supporting faculty who publish in open-access journals that operate on an author-pays business model.

The Committee filed its Annual Report for 2009-10 with the Faculty Senate at the end of the spring semester.

 

Committee Activities, 2008-2009

In September, the Committee co-sponsored a Faculty Forum that featured John Unsworth, the former Chair of the American Council of Learned Societies’ Commission on Cyberinfrastructure for the Humanities and Social Sciences, and he spoke to the faculty about the greatly expanded opportunities for digital scholarship, especially those allowing new research questions and new connections.

The Committee’s primary focus during the year, however, was the launching of UNCG’s Institutional Repository, NC DOCKS. The Committee worked with the Libraries to promote the repository and to inform faculty about the benefits of posting works in NC DOCKS.  In addition, each faculty member on the Committee agreed to archive his/her works in NC DOCKS.

The Committee filed its Annual Report for 2008-09 with the Faculty Senate at the end of the spring semester.

 

Committee Activities, 2007-2008

The Committee met three times during the fall semester of 2007 and organized a Faculty Forum focusing on copyrights and authorship rights. The Forum was entitled "Taking Control of Your Scholarship: New Trends in Copyright, Patents and Publishing" and was held on Wednesday afternoon, November 14. The featured speakers were Skip Capone (University Counsel), Jerry McGuire (Director of Technology Transfer), and Tim Bucknall (Assistant Director for Electronic Resources and Information Technologies). Prior to the Fall 2007 Faculty Forum, the Committee distributed brochures related to Author Rights, Copyright Addenda, Open Access, and Create Change to all faculty members on campus (approximately 800 individuals), and the mailing was accompanied by a letter from the Provost and the Dean of Libraries encouraging faculty to attend the forum and become more informed about the issues of scholarly communication.

The Committee also met three times during the spring semester of 2008, continuing its efforts with a more ambitious program. The Committee arranged for David E. Shulenburger, Vice President for Academic Affairs for the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges (NASULGC) to present a Faculty Forum entitled, "Open Access to Scholarship: Benefits for the Scholar, University and Society."The program was scheduled for Thursday, February 28, 2008, from 10:30am to Noon in the Alexander Room of the Elliot University Center. Immediately following the program, the Committee also sponsored a box lunch (Noon to 1:30pm) for interested faculty to continue a discussion of the issues--with 45 minutes set aside for lunch and disscussions at each round table and the final 45 minutes set aside for general comments and questions for Dr. Shulenburger.

The Committee filed its Annual Report for 2007-08 with the Faculty Senate at the end of the spring semester.