Open access advocates around CUNY are thrilled to announce the arrival (and extremely productive first few weeks) of Megan Wacha, CUNY’s new Scholarly Communications Librarian, based at the Office of Library Services. While many CUNY librarians have long engaged, both formally and informally, with open access, repositories, and other scholarly communications topics, Megan is CUNY’s first librarian dedicated entirely to scholarly communications, and I know I speak for many when I say we’re eager — nay, ravenous — for her expertise, collaboration, and leadership.
Megan will be engaged with a wide variety of scholarly communications conversations, but her initial focus will be developing and managing CUNY’s new institutional repository, Academic Works. She will also co-chair OLS’s brand new Scholarly Communications Committee. And, of course, she’ll be a frequent blogger right here at Open Access @ CUNY.
Before coming to CUNY, Megan was Research and Instruction Librarian for the Performing Arts at Barnard College, where she led outreach on scholarly communications topics, served on the advisory committee to Columbia’s institutional repository (Academic Commons), provided guidance on fair use and copyright issues, trained editors of an open access undergraduate journal, and helped support various digital projects. She is also an active Wikipedian — her Wikipedia efforts include working to increase contributions by and about women and people from other marginalized groups. (And we can’t leave out the fact that she won Knowledge Unlatched’s open access meme competition!)
Many of you have already met Megan, but if you haven’t, you are welcome to reach out to her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Maybe you weren’t able to attend last Friday’s workshop “Everything You Wanted to Know But Were Afraid to Ask . . . About CUNY’s New Institutional Repository Platform.” Or maybe you attended but lost the handouts on the subway or in the snow. Either way, here are the handouts distributed and discussed at the event:
The LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable (SCRT) invites you to a presentation on Academic Works, CUNY’s new institutional repository, with speakers Megan Wacha and Jill Cirasella. Hear about exciting plans and progress made by CUNY’s new Scholarly Communications Librarian, and learn about the Graduate Center’s implementation of their local instance. Leave with ideas about how to rock your campus with Academic Works.
Friday, February 20
Graduate Center, Room 9205 RSVP requested by Thursday, February 12
Jill Cirasella is the Associate Librarian for Public Services and Scholarly Communication at the Graduate Center CUNY, where she leads numerous scholarly communications initiatives, including the GC’s new institutional repository, Academic Works. Jill is a vocal advocate of open access and seeks to promote understanding and adoption of open access at CUNY and beyond.
Megan Wacha is CUNY’s new Scholarly Communications Librarian. Prior to joining CUNY in January 2015, Megan was a research and instruction librarian at Barnard College, where she instigated for information access by promoting Columbia’s institutional repository, organizing Wikipedia edit-a-thons, among other activities.