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This guide provides faculty, staff, and students information about the transformation in creating, distributing, providing access to, and preserving scholarly output within the academic community.
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The AUC Woodruff Library Advisory Council

The AUC Woodruff Library Advisory Council and the AUC Woodruff Library support exploration, education, and action related to open access and scholarly communication to create a sustainable research marketplace. The Members of the AUC Woodruff Library Advisory Council are:

 

  1. Dr. William Boone, Associate Professor, Clark Atlanta University, Department of Political Science
  2. Dr. Cynthia Clem, Clark Atlanta University, Supervising/Assistant Dean for UG Studies
  3. Dr. Mark Ellingsen, Interdenominational Theological Center, Professor, Church History
  4. Dr. Julio Gonzalez-Ruiz, Spelman College, Professor of World Languages & Literature
  5. Mr. Rollin Guyden, Interdenominational Theological Center, Director, Distance Learning
  6. Dr. Alison Ligon, Morehouse College, Assistant Professor of English
  7. Dr. Abayomi Ola, Spelman College, Assistant Professor of Art History
  8. Dr. Wallace Sharif, Morehouse College, Assistant Professor of Biology – Chair of the Library Advisory Council
  9. Mrs. Loretta Parham, CEO & Library Director, RWWLibrary

 

The AUC, Open Access & Scholarly Communication

The Atlanta University Center (AUC) Woodruff Library is committed to providing our faculty, staff and students the access to the "highest level of information resources" required to support their teaching, learning, and research needs.  In order to meet the needs of our AUC community, the library must balance ownership and access. Both strategies are affected by the changing landscape of scholarly communication. 

 

Open access is the ability to distribute and access scholarly research without restriction.  Scholarly communication or, the ability to produce, distribute, provide access and preserve scholarly output within the academic community has been impacted by factors which include:

 

  1. Rising costs associated with the acquisition of scholarly research
  2. Declining budgets and increased journal costs which hamper the ability to acquire research created by faculty
  3. Improved technologies to produce, distribute, access and preserve scholarly research at a sustainable level

For the Atlanta University Center community the library must assist in fostering an environment in which its primary users are familiar, engaged and enjoined in efforts to create a sustainable research marketplace.  A sustainable research marketplace ensures that the scholarly output of Atlanta University Center faculty and researchers remains accessible without limitation of cost to create, disseminate and/or access.

 

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AUC DigitalCommons E-Scholarship Activity

Items which have been archived in institutional repositories such as the AUC DigitalCommons e-scholarship repository enhance exposure to the research efforts of AUC faculty and students. For example the full-text download statistics for open access journals currently on the repository are as follows:

1. Communication & Social Change

a. Full text downloads since posting in 2007:  16,971
b. Full text downloads in 2013-2014:  4,672

 

2. Communications Arts Forum

a. Full text downloads since posting in 2007:  4,221
b. Full text downloads in 2013-2014:  400

 

3. Endarch

a. Full text downloads since posting in 2009:  3,314
b. Full text downloads in 2013-2014:  409
 

AUC Woodruff Library Scholarly Communication / Open Access Working Group

To support and promote the Scholarly Communications/Open Access agenda as facilitated by the library on behalf of the Library Advisory Council (LAC).   The task force will develop an agenda for action, evaluate such action and serve as a liaison to the LAC and other groups that may be identified within the Atlanta University Center.   The members of the taskforce are:

Brad Ost

Elizabeth G. McClenney

Rosaline Odom

Michael Chromey

Monica Riley

Members of the taskforce can respond to your questions regarding scholarly communication, open access, and copyright.  You may email a member directly or send your question to scholcomm@auctr.edu .

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