Scholarly Communication Services

Scholarly Communication Services at the University Libraries lead campus-wide efforts to open, share, and preserve the University’s scholarship.  

CONTACT US

Please get in touch with any questions. We’re here to help!

We are committed to helping University scholars navigate shifting publishing, intellectual property, and information policy landscapes in ways that promote research dissemination, accessibility, and impact. 

We are also committed to identifying the privilege and power inequities in the systems in which we operate and working to build a more equitable, sustainable scholarly ecosystem that values, collects, and amplifies diverse knowledge, stories, and experiences.    

Some ways we can help 

  • Manage copyright and fair use concerns related to research, teaching, and learning  

  • Navigate publishing agreements and leverage your author rights 

  • Meet funder open access and open data requirements 

  • Demonstrate your research impact 

  • Identify and incorporate Open Educational Resources in your teaching 

  • Host a journal or build a space to share conference output 

Copyright and Fair Use

The University Libraries provides education and guidance on the applying copyright law to research, teaching, and learning. The Libraries’ Copyright Library Guide offers resources about copyright basics, fair use, and the use of media in online presentations. We can provide customized presentations for the classroom, advice on TEACH compliance, guidance on the reproduction and distribution of scholarly work, and more. 

Please note, the information presented by the Library about copyright is intended for information purposes only and should not be construed as legal advice. While we cannot provide legal advice, we can help explain these issues in greater detail and share tools that can help you navigate your decision making. 

Author Rights

Most publishers require authors to sign a copyright transfer agreement or license to publish before proceeding with formal publication. This is a legal contract that determines who is the copyright owner of the work (you may transfer your rights to the publisher) and what rights you will retain.  

We have some questions you may want to consider as you review the terms of this agreement.

When the standard copyright agreement limits your rights as an author, you can negotiate with the publisher for the retention of your right to reproduce, reuse, and publicly present your work for non-commercial purposes.  

While we cannot provide legal advice, we can help you decode publishing agreement language and recommend tools and tips for negotiating with your publisher.  

Data Services

In collaboration with Information Technology Services (ITS) and the Data Management and Analytics Center (DMAC), we provide comprehensive support to help you find, manage, analyze and visualize, and share and preserve your research data.  

From reviewing data management plans to preserving your datasets or digital scholarship projects, our team is here to help. 

Scholarly Metrics

Scholarly metrics attempt to indicate the influence and impact of scholarly output (such as articles or journals), authors, institutions, and other entities. These metrics are based on scholarly activity such as citation counts, usage such as download counts, page views, and wider recognition though sources such as social media mentions. 

Scholarly metrics have their limitations and are not always comparable across disciplinary fields. We can help you determine best avenues to build your scholarly presence to demonstrate the value of your scholarship to your department, the University, and scholarly community.  

Open Educational Resources

Open Educational Resources (OERs) are openly licensed, freely available educational resources that can be modified, customized, and reused. We can help you research and identify resources for evaluating and incorporating OER into your courses, and help you understand Creative Commons licensing and other permissions issues when using OER in your courses. In conjunction with Educational Technology Services, the Library offers training for OER adoption and use in your courses.  

Scholars Archive

Scholars Archive, the University at Albany’s institutional repository, collects, preserves, and provides online access to scholarly research and resources created by University at Albany faculty, staff and students.  

Through Scholars Archive and with support from our Repository Manager, you can host your journal, share conference and event publications, and openly distribute your research data and scholarship, helping you meet funder and journal requirements.  

Work shared in Scholars Archive is comprehensively indexed and openly available, increasing the audience and impact of your work. Participating authors enjoy on-demand metrics, which can help tell the story of your scholarship. 

Get Support

Contact us with any questions or requests for consultations or workshops. We’re here to help! 

About Us

Angela Hackstadt is the Subject Librarian for Political Science, Public Policy, Public Administration, and Law. Her research interests include scholarly communication, critical librarianship, and government and legal information. 

Ann Kearney is the Collections Conservator at the University at Albany. She fields questions about disciplinary style guidelines, including citation and citation tools, and helps address copyright and image use questions. 

Emily Kilcer is the Scholarly Communication Librarian at the University at Albany where she works to educate, support, and connect open efforts on campus. 

Karen Kiorpes is the Preservation Librarian for the University at Albany, a position she has held since 2001. In this capacity she is responsible for managing the preservation laboratory, including budget, grant programs, staffing, materials repair and reformatting, and equipment maintenance. Karen has been the Librarian for Copyright since 2017 and now serves as the Subject Librarian for Sociology.  

Elaine Lasda is Coordinator of Scholarly Communication and Subject Librarian for Social Welfare, Gerontology, Dewey Reference, and Research Impact. She is the primary library point person on OERs, scholarly impact metrics and an active open access advocate.  

Lindsay Van Berkom is the Scholars Archive Administrator & Coordinator of Dewey Access Services. Her responsibilities include managing content within the repository, creating workflows, conducting trainings, developing marketing strategies and initiatives, and performing outreach for Scholars Archive.  


Acknowledgments. 

We would like to thank Harvard Library's Office for Scholarly Communication, University of California, Berkeley Library Scholarly Communication Services, Simon Frasier University Library Scholarly Publishing  for the open licensing of their content, which we reused to build this resource for the UAlbany community.