Trends and Technology Accelerating Scholarly Research

Sponsored by Elsevier
Recorded on 12/05/2017

Posted in Scholarly Communication and Research


As scholarly research continues to advance at a global scale, researchers are increasingly turning to technology and tools to harness information in their quest to stimulate research and scientific discovery. Publishers and librarians are connected to the global research ecosystem often in partnership and collaboration with researchers to further their quest for discovery, knowledge, and ultimately developments that contribute to global innovation. What are the trends and demands in the scholarly landscape that are driving researcher reliance on technology and tools? In this webinar, Librarians will hear about the knowledge, skills, and technology that they can apply in their work with faculty and researchers to multiply their impact and contributions in the research ecosystem.

Short Talk Summaries

Gregg Gordon, managing director of SSRN and the thought leader behind Tomorrow’s Research Today. Research takes time and publishing concrete ideas in reputable journals can be a long road. What if research librarians could assist their young scholars with getting their ideas noticed early? What if scholars posted their working papers and ideas in a community where sharing knowledge is valued and collaboration refined research to promote better research faster? Engaging and investment in research to accelerate the pace of scientific discovery, encouraging innovation, enriching education, and stimulating the economy to improve humankind is all part of the research process.

Judith Coffey Russell, Dean of University of Libraries, University of Florida
Researchers want rapid dissemination of their publications to share their findings, contribute to promotion and tenure portfolios, and improve their success of obtaining or retaining extramural funding. Librarians facilitate the discovery of institutional research by hosting journal articles within institutional repositories (IRs). A solution for both stakeholders has been achieved through an innovative partnership between University of Florida and Elsevier. This partnership has enabled the library to use a freely available application programming interface (API) to identify University-authored journal articles and to ingest the associated metadata to enhance discovery and usage through the IR.

Karen Bjork, Head of Digital Initiatives, Portland State University Library
Faculty members aren’t just researchers; they are also instructors and authors of educational materials, some of which are too costly or niche for traditional publishers. At the same time, students are struggling to afford the high prices of textbooks. How can the library help? Open textbook publishing initiatives like Portland State’s initiative, PDXOpen, serve faculty and students while giving the library a central role in cost-saving efforts across campus. PDXOpen has saved 1,463 PSU Students over $144,000 and has the support of stakeholders including the Provost, Alumni Association, and donors.

Panelist Biographies:

Gregg Gordon
Managing Director

Gregg is the managing director of SSRN focused on the high quality, rapid, electronic dissemination of scholarly research at the lowest possible cost – Tomorrow’s Research Today.

In May 2016, SSRN joined Elsevier, a world-leading provider of information solutions promoting the performance of science, health, and technology professionals, empowering them to make better decisions, and deliver better care. Together, we can further enhance early discoveries of ideas in an open-access environment of sharing and collaboration.

Judith Coffey Russell
Dean of University of Libraries
University of Florida

Judith Coffey Russell (Judy) is the Dean of University of Libraries at the University of Florida, a position she has held since 2007. Russell is a past member of the Board of Directors of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and LLMC-Digital. She is also a former member of the board and a past president of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) and former member of the board and a past president of NFAIS (the National Federation of Advanced Information Services). She is active in the American Library Association (ALA) and the Association for College and Research Libraries (ACRL).

She was formerly the Managing Director, Information Dissemination and Superintendent of Documents at the U.S. Government Printing Office (GPO), now the Government Publishing Office, from 2003-2007. She was the first woman and second librarian to hold that position. Prior to that, Russell served as Deputy Director of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science (NCLIS) from 1998-2003 and as director of the Office of Electronic Information Dissemination Services and the Federal Depository Library Program at GPO from 1991-1997.

Russell worked for over ten years in the information industry, doing marketing and product development as well as serving as a government-industry liaison. Her corporate experience includes Information Handling Services (IHS) and its parent company, the Information Technology Group; Disclosure Information Group; Lexis-Nexis (then Mead Data Central), and IDD Digital Alliances, a subsidiary of Investment Dealers Digest.

She began her professional career in special libraries, establishing the technical library for COMSAT Laboratories, the R&D arm of the Communications Satellite Corporation, as well as the research library for the U.S. Congress Office of Technology Assessment (OTA).

Karen Bjork
Head of Digital Initiatives
Portland State University Library

Karen Bjork is the Head of Digital Initiatives at Portland State University (PSU) Library. She manages the institutional repository, PDXScholar, and leads the open access textbook publishing initiative. She is a bike commuter and in her free time you’ll find her hiking with her husband and their corgi, Luna.

Morgan Ziontz
Communications Manager

Morgan Ziontz, bepress Communications Manager, works closely with the bepress community to identify and broadly share their stories of success. Founded by professors in 1999, bepress exists to serve academia. bepress builds hosted solutions that let academic institutions showcase and share their works for maximum impact. The bepress model is unlimited, cloud-based, and fully hosted, and includes dedicated consulting and support. In addition to the Expert Gallery Suite, bepress offers Digital Commons, the leading hosted institutional repository software platform and a comprehensive showcase for everything produced on campus. Together, Digital Commons and the Expert Gallery Suite let any academic community collect, preserve, and make visible all of their intellectual output and expertise.


Jean Shipman
Vice President of Global Library Relations

Jean P. Shipman, MSLS, AHIP, FMLA, is the VP, Global Library Relations for Elsevier. Prior to that she was the Executive Director, Knowledge Management and Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library; Director of the MidContinental Region and National Training Office of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine; Director for Information Transfer, Center of Medical Innovation; and Adjunct Faculty of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, School of Medicine; all at the University of Utah. She has also been employed by the John Hopkins University, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, University of Maryland, University of Washington and Virginia Commonwealth University.

She served as president of the Medical Library Association for 2006-2007 and on the Board of Directors for the Society for Scholarly Publishing from 2013-2016. She was a member and co-chair of the Chicago Collaborative, a group of publishers, librarians and editors, who met to discuss issues regarding scholarly communications. She is the co-editor of two books: Information and Innovation: Natural Combination for Health Sciences Libraries, and Strategic Collaborations in Health Sciences Libraries (in press).