Talk by Marilyn Billings, head of the Scholarly Communication Office, UMass Amherst on March 23rd

Marilyn Billings, Head of the Scholarly Communication Office at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, will be giving a talk entitled the Transformation of Library Services in a Time of Rapid Scholarly Communication Change from 3:30 – 5 p.m. on Friday, March 23rd in the Peter Graham Scholarly Commons in Bird Library.

Billings’s talk will describe how academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves to capture, manage, and disseminate the digital scholarship of their respective institutions. There are many new opportunities and challenges that these roles are providing for librarians in their relationships with faculty and other members of the campus community. Discussion topics will include how the liaisons are participating in engaged discussions with the faculty about how to manage rights to their scholarly articles and creative works, describe services provided by the institutional repository (ScholarWorks@UMass Amherst) and how this has facilitated new partnerships, describe librarians’ active role in creating data management plans with faculty, and most recently how librarians and library staff have become involved as key partners in the new Open Education Initiative, a partnership between the University Libraries and the Office of the Provost. The talk will end with an engaged discussion of future possibilities.

Marilyn Billings is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian and the Head of Scholarly Communication Office at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, a position she has held since 2006. She provides campus and regional leadership and education in alternative scholarly communication strategies and gives presentations on author rights, new digital publishing models, and the role of digital repositories in today’s research and scholarship endeavors. Marilyn is also actively involved in regional and national workshops on these topics, most recently the international SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Resource Coalition) OA workshop held in Kansas City in March 2012. Current projects include her oversight of the UMass Amherst’s digital repository ScholarWorks and her recent role as the leader of the campus’ Open Education Initiative.

For a more complete listing of her presentations and publications, visit

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