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Librarians are taking on new and emerging scholarly communications roles within their libraries and institutions. To support these roles, MLA's Scholarly Communications Committee provides leadership within the association about trends and issues and their impact on biomedical libraries. The Committee recommends and implements programs and special initiatives that focus on broad issues such as expansion of public access policies to the results of federally-funded research results, supporting successful implementation of these policies after establishment, and addressing STM (scientific, technical, and medical) publishing issues that impact dissemination, access, and cost of biomedical information (e.g., public access to the big data; author identifiers).
Working collaboratively, MLA Scholarly Communications Committee, Governmental Relations Committee, Joint MLA/AAHSL Legislative Task Force, the Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Scholarly Communications Committee, monitor issues and legislation, and encourage members to support open and public access initiatives, including the NIH Public Access Policy. The Scholarly Communications Committee also collaborates with MLA sections and the MLA Continuing Education Committee to support the development of educational programs.
MLA resources that address the wide range of scholarly communication and publishing issues include:
- Copyright and Fair Use
- eResources Licensing
- Public Access
- Open Access
- Other Scholarly Communications Initiatives
For further information, contact Mary Langman, 312.419.9094 x27.