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The future of scholarly communications professionals

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The scholarly communications profession is constantly changing, and a wide range of skills are required in the advertised job descriptions. In an effort to investigate what kind of skills future information professionals need, during the period March 2015 to September 2017 job postings advertising positions relating to Open Access were collected. The total number of the collected job postings was 72.

The collection was done manually throughout this whole period from job advertising sites, such as Jobs.ac.uk, CILIP Lisjobnet and the Times of Higher Education. In addition, the author is subscribing to open listserves, such as the Jisc-Repositories, OAGoodPractice and a closed one, the UKCoRR-Discussion list, and managed to collect job descriptions from those list servers as well.

The aim of this work is to identify the most important skills required in the jobs advertised in our field, educate the new comers in the field and identify how our profession is evolving.

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The future of scholarly communications professionals

  1. 1. Skills and knowledge for scholarly communication roles: what do job descriptions tell us? Dr. Nancy Pontika Open Access Aggregation Officer, CORE email: nancy.pontika@open.ac.uk Twitter: @nancypontika https://core.ac.uk
  2. 2. Image from Flickr, GabboT, CC-BY-SA 2.0 https://ccsearch.creativecommons.org/photos/24999d9c-3d49-4578-9db7-069f14044945
  3. 3. Research methodology 71 scholarly communication job postings advertised by UK HEIs March 2015 – September 2017
  4. 4. Keywords – title and abstract
  5. 5. Looking for keywords
  6. 6. Part-time : open-ended and fixed 1 1 3 3 0 0.5 1 1.5 2 2.5 3 3.5 Open ended Fixed 2015 2016 2017
  7. 7. Full-time : open-ended and fixed 7 10 19 10 7 3 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 18 20 Open ended Fixed 2015 2016 2017
  8. 8. Salaries average
  9. 9. General skills - I Liaise with Stakeholders 58% Offer Advice 48% Compliance Reports 38% Professional Development 37% Offer Training 35% Licensing Advice 25%
  10. 10. General skills - II Gain Knowledge 24% Manage Workflows 21% Be Updated 20% Draft Policies 13% Maintain Webpages 13% Metrics 8%
  11. 11. General skills - III Develop Strategies 10% Communications 8% Academic Publishing 7% Events 4% Influencing Skills 3%
  12. 12. Open Access skills - I Ensure compliance 28% Manage APCs 25% Prepare Advocacy Material 18% Professional Body Member 18%
  13. 13. Open Access skills - II Promote policies 15% Open Access Expert 14% Publication Routes 7% Embargo Periods 4%
  14. 14. Repository Manager skills - I Promote Repository 20% Promote Repository 15% Submission Workflow 13% Record quality 32% Manage Repository 25% Monitor Deposits 20%
  15. 15. Repository Manager skills - II Metadata Standards 11% Research Excellence Framework 10% International Standards 8% Ensure Compliance 7% Discover Publications 3% Maintain Repository 3%
  16. 16. Research Data Management skills - I Ensure Compliance 7% Offer Advice 3% RDM Expert 11% Digital Curation 3%
  17. 17. Research Data Management skills - II Digital Preservation Standards 3% Interpret User Requirements 3% Advocate RDM 3%
  18. 18. Education versus Experience? Essential Desirable Equivalent experience 30 2 Any undergrad 17 0 LIS master 10 7 Any master 10 1 LIS undergrad or master 7 4 LIS undergrad 6 0 Experience in Research 3 0
  19. 19. Discussion – Skills and competencies - 19 general - 33 specific skills : OA = 8, IR = 13, RDM = 12 - A position holder could be expected to an a specialist in more than one roles - Not always clear lines between roles Flickr Image: ”The Finale” by musicanys.
  20. 20. Discussion – RDM role - 1 job advertised with the title “Research Data Manager” in combination with “Open Access” - Often combined with another scholarly communications sub-category - Research degree or previous research experience - Have UK institutions already covered these positions or there is still a gap? - What happens in Europe, globally?
  21. 21. Future skills Responsible Research & Innovation Citizen Science Open Science OA IR RDM
  22. 22. What about my original question?
  23. 23. Scholarly Communication Competencies Coalition (SC3) • Formed in 2017 • Group members: ARMA, British Library, CILIP, CORE, Jisc, RLUK, UKCoRR, UKSG, SCONUL,Vitae • Monitor development of scholarly communications field both nationally and internationally • Maps scholarly communication competencies against training provision options • Addresses needs for inclusion in scholarly communication in academic degree courses • Creates a self-assessment tool to help individuals decide if scholarly communication is for them • Website : https://www.ukcorr.org/partnerships/sc3-scholarly- communication-competencies-coalition/
  24. 24. Thank you! Got questions? Email me at: nancy.pontika@open.ac.uk Or use twitter: @nancypontika Images from https://pixabay.com/ Icons from https://thenounproject.com/

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