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Scholarly Communications Caucus (NEW!)

The Scholarly Communications Caucus provides leadership within the association about trends and issues related to the creation, publication, dissemination, and discovery of scholarly outputs and their impact on biomedical libraries, and recommends and implements programs, special initiatives, and other activities in this area. 

The MLA Scholarly Communications Caucus goals are to: 

  • Support mentorship initiatives and the development of educational resources and opportunities on scholarly communications topics, including trends and issues in the publishing arena impacting the dissemination, access, and cost of biomedical and health sciences information; 
  • Support the development of comments and strategies related to scholarly communications. Caucus members may monitor and provide comments about government activities and policies as they relate to scholarly communication, working in collaboration with MLA’s Director of Information Issues and Policy, and the Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislation Committee;
  • Collaborate with other association caucuses, domain hubs, and committees on relevant issues, trends, and challenges facing libraries and their institutions.

The MLA Scholarly Communications Caucus was founded in August 2020 from the former MLA Scholarly Communications Committee which began in 2012. 

Caucus Projects

  • Provided consultation to the creators and instructors of the MLA two-part webinar series, “Distinguishing the Questionable from the Trustworthy in Open Access Resources.”
  • Collaborated with the AAHSL Scholarly Communication Committee to encourage the adoption of ORCID among publishers and researchers in an effort to accurately attribute works to authors, improve the efficiency and tracking of scholarly output, and showcase author and institutional research activities.
  • Gathering slide decks on SC topics. The committee collected and evaluated 11 slide decks of which 4 have been identified as resources to link on the MLA website.
  • Created two documents for distribution at chapter meetings and posting on the website: “A Metrics Impact Roadmap handout, and an abbreviated version of the Becker Medical Library’s, “Steps for Retroactive Compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy”.

Scholarly Communications Leaders 

NamePosition
JJ Pionke
University of Illinois Urbana Champaign
Chair