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.
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, equity, 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.
Contact our office, or any one of us, through: firstname.lastname@example.org
Katharine Dunn, Scholarly Communications Librarian
Katharine supports faculty, researchers, and students working with MIT’s open access policies and research funder requirements. 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.
Debbie 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, Department Head
Laura became department head in April 2021, after serving as interim head since March 2020. She leads MIT Libraries services and staff in transforming models of scholarly publishing to increase the impact and reach of research and scholarship and promote open, equitable, and sustainable publishing and access models. The SCCS head also coordinates overall collection management strategy for the Libraries’ general collections, as well as vendor negotiations and repository services.
Deborah 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 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.