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Scholarly Communications Interest Group (SCIG)


Members of this group will work to identify, address, and promote scholarly communications issues that impact libraries and higher education.


Topics of interest members of this group will investigate include, but will not be limited to:

  • Open Educational Resources
  • Open access initiatives
  • Institutional repository management and curation
  • Copyright
  • Licensing
  • Scholarly/digital scholarship
  • Digital publishing
  • Research data management and visualization
  • Research dissemination
  • Digital humanities
  • Platforms, software, and tools that support scholarly communications initiatives


  • Identify and recruit members of the Ohio library community who have an interest in or work with scholarly communications issues as a regular part of their job responsibilities.
  • Foster communication and collaboration among members of the interest group, ALAO, and the Ohio library community regarding scholarly communications issues.
  • Advance and promote scholarly communication initiatives within the state of Ohio, across the nation, and internationally by partnering with colleagues, similar interest groups, and other professional library associations.


This group will comprise of members of the ALAO community who work with or have an interest in scholarly communications initiatives. 


The primary beneficiaries of this interest group will be its members who will develop knowledge and expertise that will help them better address scholarly communications initiatives they encounter as part of their professional responsibilities. The larger ALAO community will also benefit from informational resources and continuing education opportunities offered by the group.

If you have questions about this group please contact one of the co-chairs.


Cindy Kristof (2021-23)

Head of Copyright and Scholarly Communication
Kent State University
1125 Risman Plaza Drive 
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Phone: 330-672-1641

Michael Hawkins (2022-24)

Data Librarian and Head, Map Library
Kent State University
1125 Risman Plaza Drive
Kent, OH 44242-0001
Phone: 330-672-1663

Scholarly Communications Interest Group Discussion List

The SCIG Discussion List,, is hosted on Google. 

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