August 17, 2009

While the Scholarly Commons won’t be officially launched until staffing is finalized and the space is completed, I wanted to update you on the planning and development for this initiative.

The Scholarly Commons will provide a gateway to a suite of interrelated services that support scholarly work, some of which already exist within the Library or elsewhere on campus and others which involve new ways of engaging with emerging forms of teaching, learning and research.  The 345 Main Library suite is being renovated to serve as a consulting space and studio, and a web portal is being developed to provide and array of virtual services and campus resource guides. 

A call for applications for the Scholarly Commons Coordinator went out a few weeks ago and this important leadership position should be filled soon.  I would like to thank the search committee and Library Human Resources for their persistence in navigating the new campus procedures for posting academic positions. 

The Leads group (aka The Scholarly Commons Coordinating Committee:  Betsy Kruger, Merinda Hensley, Lisa Hinchliffe, Karen Hogenboom, JoAnn Jacoby, Bill Mischo, Sarah Shreeves, and Robert Slater) has been meeting weekly to plan and develop the full suite of services to be offered, in collaboration with partners on campus and in the Library.  Summaries of this group’s meetings will be posted on the Scholarly Commons page on NSM website <> and updates will be issued periodically on LibNews.  The Leads are also engaged in designing the space and technology for the 345 suite, developing the web portal, and creating a marketing plan with support from a Strategic Communications and Marketing Committee grant.   

A number of programmatic areas (data services, Savvy Researcher workshops, and scholarly communications) build on existing Library services that will continue to be offered this fall.  Some of these have been expanded, e.g., Data Services Office Hours will be held every weekday from 1-4 PM and will now include assistance working with geospatial data.  Other programmatic areas are under development and will be offered once the Scholarly Commons is formally launched this spring.  Many of you are already involved with the creation and development of these services, and many more will have the opportunity to participate in the coming months.  For an overview of the Scholarly Commons service programs, see <>

Please feel to contact me or any other member of the Leads group directly with any questions.


JoAnn Jacoby
Coordinator, New Service Model Programs <>
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