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The MIT Libraries’ Department of Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy supports MIT faculty and researchers who have questions about their options and rights in the world of scholarly publishing, which has evolved dramatically with the advent of the digital age.

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Ellen Finnie

Ellen Finnie, Head, Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy

Program Manager for the Office since 2006, Ellen supports MIT faculty and researchers in relation to copyright and publication agreements. She can answer questions about author options and rights, including working with the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and complying with the NIH Public Access Policy, as well as general questions on copyright and fair use.

Ellen’s role supports a collaborative process being engaged in by the entire academic community to realize the full potential of technology to increase the reach and impact of research.

She has worked in the MIT Libraries since 1990 in a variety of roles. Since 1996, she has been negotiating license agreements for ejournals and databases so that this content can be made available on the MIT network under terms for access and use that meet MIT’s needs.


Katharine DunnKatharine Dunn, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Katharine is a 2010 graduate of the Simmons Graduate School of Library & Information Science. Katharine supports faculty and researchers working with the MIT Faculty Open Access policy and research funder requirements. She can answer questions related to open access, copyright, author agreements, and publishing, or can refer you to other experts. She’s the main voice of the office’s Twitter account, @MITLibScholarly and writes the Open Access Research in the News blog series.