Scholarly Communication Officers Group (SCO)
Reporting to the UC Libraries’ Collection Development Committee (CDC), which is part of the Systemwide Operations and Planning Advisory Group (SOPAG) structure, the Scholarly Communication Officers (SCO) group supports the UC libraries scholarly communication program and priorities.
The group includes a representative from each campus library system and the CDL. Members of SCO also coordinate the implementation of the eScholarship program at their campus. Co-Chairs are selected by the membership for a two-year term. The July-June terms of the two co-chairs are staggered.
As the current scholarly publishing environment grows increasingly diverse, distributed and unsustainable, it is incumbent upon the University to protect and make widely visible the fruits of its academic labor or risk being divested of any control over this immensely valuable scholarly capital. Each year, UC faculty publish upwards of 30,000 journal articles in, mostly, commercial journals; researchers are granted nearly 300 patents for groundbreaking discoveries; and the University awards thousands of advanced degrees for the completion of theses and dissertations. The building blocks of these culminating research efforts are, of course, the working papers, seminar series, conferences, data sets, 3D visualizations, etc. that are produced across the UC system. It is this vast collection of UC-sourced knowledge that represents the core intellectual capital of the University of California.
CDC and SCO have an opportunity here to engage with this burgeoning collection (and thus protect the interests of the institution and its researchers) by extending our notion of scholarly communications support. Specifically, we can frame the work we are doing in terms of the “UC Collection,” which comprises both that which we license and that which we produce as an institution. (The University of California Library Collection: Content for the 21st Century and beyond; July, 2009) [PDF]. In particular, we can develop a model for engaging with faculty throughout the lifecycle of scholarly research, from the earliest explorations of the work of others through licensed content, to the management and curation of data and artifacts as they are being generated, to the dissemination of those same data and artifacts alongside the synthesizing papers, monographs and digital projects ultimately produced by our scholars. It is within this framework of the lifecycle, and all the emerging policies and procedures attendant upon that lifecycle, that we can focus the charge for SCO in the coming years…