The CDL has established an Office of Scholarly Communication in response to:

  • the continuing economic crises in scholarly communication;
  • the growing concern about the impacts of those crises on UC;
  • the broadening desire to assist scholars in the use of sustainable means of scholarly communication; and
  • the need to support the UC libraries as they implement collaborative strategies to address these crises and opportunities.

The office will house the eScholarship program, supplementing it with broader planning, research, and outreach capacity.  It will be led by co-directors Catherine Candee and John Ober and will benefit from the contributions of other CDL staff.

As Director for Publishing and Strategic Initiatives, Catherine will retain responsibility for establishing alternative publishing venues, and for surfacing innovative means of using information technology in the scholarly communication process.

As Director for Policy, Planning, and Outreach, John will facilitate planning and policy development, and will help ensure that the UC community is informed about the dimensions of the scholarly communications crises.  John will also retain his current communications role for the CDL.