The landscape of scholarly communication is changing as costs associated with traditional scholarly publishing models have left institutional library budgets unable to keep up, at the same time that scholars have increasingly free and rapid communication via the Internet. In addition, technology and the Internet offer new methodologies for scholars to communicate and publish their work. "Open" institutional and subject repositories play a key role in this development. The Rutgers University Libraries need to "focus and integrate" their energy to determine what role we will play in this landscape and how we will carry out our role.
After a few years of technical development of its infrastructure, our institutional repository - RUcore - is now becoming publicly available, and we are looking forward to enriching its content. This moment makes it especially important for RUL to determine our role in scholarly communication within the university and academic world at large. It is now time for the technical developers of RUcore and those who will shape the content and public outreach for the repository to come together for its fuller development.
Charge: The charge to this committee is to assist in carrying out the goals outlined in the Libraries Strategic Plan related to scholarly communication. These goals include:
Initially, the following issues are of the highest priority:
The work of this committee will evolve as it engages in different aspects of scholarly communication. This does not mean, however, that it is a temporary or ad hoc committee. It is an ongoing, dynamic committee that will give focus to our scholarly communication efforts and generate a number of task forces or subcommittees to pursue specific issues in depth.
To capture the evolutionary nature of the committee, its work will proceed in stages; the first will be internal and involve defining RUL's scholarly communication plan. The second stage will involve expanding the membership of the committee to include administrative, teaching, and research faculty involved in various aspects of scholarly communication for the purpose of providing advice and guidance in planning, bringing the Libraries' scholarly communications plan to the university at large, and identifying opportunities for collaborative partnerships. The expansion of the membership of the committee and the development of task forces and subcommittees will happen as needed. As the committee expands and its subgroups are established, there will be a need to involve all of the campuses. There is no set timetable for this expansion of the committee's work. It will happen when issues are ready to share. The transition from the first to the second stage should take no longer than four months.
Membership of the committee in the first stage will consist of:
Co-Chairs of Scholarly Communication Committee would be: the AUL for Collection Development and Management and a faculty member to be elected from within the committee.
To inform their work, the committee is charged to hold regular open discussions with all RUL faculty. These could take the form of monthly faculty meetings called by the Faculty Coordinator in consultation with the committee.