The University of North Carolina Scholarly Communications Working Group

April 2012 Topic

March 26th, 2012 · No Comments

Title: A Conversation with Marilyn Billings
Speaker: Marilyn Billings, Scholarly Communications & Special Initiatives Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Where: Davis Library, Rm 214
When: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Marilyn Billings is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian 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.

Ms. Billings’ recent presentations include “Documenting and Promoting Engagement Using ScholarWorks” with Dr. William Miller at the 2009 National Outreach Scholarship Conference at the University of Georgia; “Library as Publishing Agent: Exploring New Roles” at the New England Library Association meeting in October 2009; “The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication: The Role of the Library and an IR”, an invited speaker at SUNY Buffalo March 2010; “Author Rights, Or, The Rights of Copyright”, co-presented with Fred Zinn at a NERCOMP Workshop entitled “Copyright and IP for Image Use” in May 2010, and “Open Education Resources at UMass Amherst” at the Charleston Conference in November 2010.

For a more complete listing of presentations and publications, visit