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The MIT Libraries’ Department of Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy (SCCS) 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. The team 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. We are guided by the values, principles, and aims expressed in the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and the Institute-Wide Task Force on the Future of Libraries.

More broadly, SCCS unites the aims of transforming scholarly communications for the digital age with innovative and sustainable stewardship of the MIT Libraries’ collections budget.

SCCS makes collections decisions informed by strategy and values that explicitly incorporate transforming the processes of creating, disseminating, collecting, storing, managing, and preserving research inputs and outputs — often referred to with the shorthand “scholarly communications” — toward openness and increased access. The group takes the values of open access, diversity, and social justice as a lens for framing collections decisions, and as important guideposts for navigating and favorably shaping the scholarly communications landscape.

Some of the supports we offer for more open access in publication are summarized on this web site.

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Our team


Katharine DunnKatharine Dunn, Scholarly Communications Librarian

Katharine supports faculty, researchers, and students working with the MIT’s open access policies and research funder requirements and is our lead contact for use of our open access publication fund. She can answer questions related to open access, our open access publication fund, 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 series of stories.


debbie-fazioDebbie Fazio, Scholarly Communications Associate

Debbie has a depth of experience with collecting articles under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy and can answer questions about depositing papers under the Policy, or opting out of the Policy for an article.


Laura Hanscom, Interim Department Head, Scholarly Communications & Licensing Librarian

Laura became interim department head in March 2020. In her role, she participates in license negotiation, supporting systems for making articles available under the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy, and providing outreach to our community related to scholarly publishing and copyright. She can answer questions related to open access, copyright, author agreements, and global scholarly communication systems and infrastructure, or can refer you to other experts.


deborah-lenaresDeborah Lenares, Collections Analyst and Strategist

As a collection Strategist, Deborah oversees the building, shaping, and presenting of collections for the Libraries in support of the MIT community, and the values of MIT and the MIT Libraries. Deborah provides analysis and assessment of the Libraries’ collections. She can answer questions about  collections in social sciences and management, and about collections assessment practices, including usage data.


Sadie Roosa, Collection Strategist for Repository Services

Sadie develops services and leads outreach related to our digital repositories, including MIT’s institutional repository DSpace@MIT, to maximize the access, discovery, usability, and preservation of the Libraries’ repository-based scholarship and digital collections. She also facilitates the exploration of new methodologies and repository-based tools and services for the sharing of research results from all stages of the research life cycle and supporting machine learning/computational access to repository-based collections. She can answer questions about submitting content to or accessing content in MIT’s repositories.


Katie ZimmermanKatie Zimmerman, Director of Copyright Strategy

Katie helps the libraries and MIT patrons with copyright questions about publishing, digitization, and author copyrights. She also leads the Libraries’ licensing team, ensuring that ejournals and databases are available to the MIT community under terms for access and use that meet MIT’s needs. She can answer questions about copyright, author agreements, open access, and the Libraries’ license agreements.