The Office of Scholarly Communication is supported by a diverse and talented team. The team is mainly librarians from other departments who volunteer on the Scholarly Communication (SC) Committee. The team is led by Sarah Norris.
We maintain a wide range of services and projects in order to meet our goals. The projects are supported by the SC Committee’s subgroups called work groups. The Research Lifecycle (RLC) model was originally created by the RLC Committee, but is now updated by the RLC work group.
Collaborate with other campus units to provide a suite of campus-wide services.
Advocate for the infrastructure, staffing, publishing funds, and services.
Educate and facilitate discussions about the changing scholarly communication environment, including the move to open access and sustainable publishing and exploring new ways to create, disseminate, evaluate, and preserve research and scholarly outputs at the university.
Sandy Avila is the Science Librarian in the Research and Information Services Department at the University of Central Florida John C. Hitt Library. She is the subject librarian for the Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, and Statistics departments, the College of Optics and Photonics and their Center for Research and Education in Optics and Lasers, and the NanoScience Technology Center. Sandy handles reference service, research consultations, collection development, and library instruction for her assigned areas and works to develop engaging programming to benefit STEM initiatives around campus. Her research interests include: emerging technologies in education, online learning, and all things STEM-related and as an Orlando native, Sandy enjoys boating, the outdoors, traveling, and seeking adventure!
Ven has experience working with citation metrics. He helps with conducting a comprehensive analysis of a scholar’s work including identifying key journals in their field. He is also the subject librarian for engineering and computer science. He enjoys watching movies and TV shows. Contact him for questions about citation metrics.
Dr. Penny Beile is the Associate Director for Research, Education, and Engagement. She’s most active with open education, specifically working to create a campus climate that recognizes and supports textbook affordability efforts. When not at UCF, you can find her gardening, horseback riding, or trying a new recipe. Contact her with your textbook affordability ideas or questions.
David Benjamin is head of the UCF Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives. He is responsible for overseeing the department as well as collection development, outreach, and donor relations. Contact David for questions about rare books, manuscripts, and university archives.
Corinne is the Graduate Outreach and Social Sciences Librarian. She coordinates the Libraries graduate workshop series offered in collaboration with the College of Graduate Studies for the Pathways to Success program. She also serves as subject librarian for Communication, Criminal Justice, Interdisciplinary Studies, Public Administration, and Political Science programs. In her free time, she enjoys art museums and gardening. Contact Corinne for questions or requests related to graduate events, graduate workshop sessions, subject-related Open Educational Resources, and Mendeley.
Kerri is the Digital Collections Project Coordinator. She manages the UCF Theses and Dissertations Collections, including both Graduate and Undergraduate works, and assists with many of the projects in UCF’s institutional repository, STARS. In her other life, Kerri is a figure skater, competing both locally and around the East Coast.
Cindy is the Senior Art Specialist. She creates graphics which visualize the scholarly communication process to help students and faculty better understand complex processes and ideas. When not creating posters, logos, and other fun things, she can be found snowboarding, sky diving, or running with the bulls. Ok, that’s a lie; she’s at home watching Netflix and eating ice cream.
Sai is the Metadata Librarian at the University of Central Florida Libraries. She works collaboratively with Digital Initiatives, Special Collections and University Archives in the library. She enjoys taking care of her dog, flower garden and visiting art and history museums. Contact her for metadata consultation services, metadata production assistance, and data organization, access and discovery issues.
Lee is the Digital Initiatives Librarian. She leads the UCF Libraries’ digital collection and digital preservation efforts and manages UCF’s institutional repository, STARS. Contact her for questions about data management plans and open access hosting.
Lily is the UCF Connect Librarian at Valencia College West. At her campus, she is the liaison to Architecture. At the main campus, she leads workshops on presentation skills. When she is at neither campus, you can find her enjoying boba tea.
Rich is the Government Information Librarian for the University Libraries and has coordinated establishing Centers of Excellence at UCF for information from the U.S. Department of Energy, Atomic Energy Commission, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and National Aeronautics & Space Administration. He is active in the American Library Association’s Government Documents Round Table (GODORT) and the Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) community. In 2017 he completed a three-year term as a member of the Depository Library Council, an advisory committee to the Director, U.S. Government Publishing Office (GPO) in Washington, D.C.
In addition to serving as the library’s collection development librarian for the Legal Studies and Theatre departments, Rich provides assistance to UCF researchers regarding many other subject areas, including statistical demographic data, Florida, business, criminal justice, history, political science, public administration, and security studies.
Within the library Rich has an ongoing involvement in space planning, market equity salary studies, and development of online research guides using LibGuides.
A Navy veteran and graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy with a Bachelor of Science in Physical Science, Rich also holds a Master’s of Library Science in Information Science from Florida State University and a Master’s of Business Administration in Management from New Hampshire College.
Athena is the Discovery Services Librarian at UCF and jointly oversees eResources acquisitions, resource discovery services, and related access technologies. Her first love remains public service, thus she serves four hours per week in Reference and Ask a Librarian. Athena’s work and research center on applying technology to connect users to content, with projects to explore usability, user experience, and discovery technologies. Contact her with questions about discovery support.
Rachel is Head of the Teaching & Engagement department at the UCF Libraries. She is a member of the Scholarly Communication Advisory Group and assists with videos and event planning. She has no spare time but tries to squeeze running into her schedule, even if only on a treadmill. Contact Rachel with questions about instructional videos.
Sarah is the Scholarly Communication Librarian. She leads the UCF Libraries’ scholarly communication and open access outreach efforts. In her free time, she enjoys theme parks and gluten-free dining. Contact her for questions about copyright, open access, author rights, where to publish, and general information about scholarly communication.
Mary is the Senior Archivist for University Archives. In her free time, she enjoys going to museums and art galleries. Contact her for questions about long term preservation and inclusion in the University Archives.
Barbara is a member of the Scholarly Communication Advisory Group. She serves UCF Libraries as the Head of the Research and Information Services Dept. (RIS) and leads the RIS Subject Librarians in their Scholarly Communication/STARS outreach and marketing to faculty and students in their assigned disciplines.
Andy serves UCF Libraries as the Subject Librarian for the UCF College of Nursing. He is a member of the Scholarly Communication Advisory Group and has been involved with creating UCF’s Research Lifecycle model, and continues to be involved with other projects and discussions. He enjoys mountain biking and trail running when he has time.
John is a Research & Information Services Librarian and liaison to the departments of Africana Studies, Art, English, Latin American Studies, Modern Languages, Texts & Technology, and Writing & Rhetoric. John enjoys a highly glutinous diet and is a fan of street/urban art. Contact him for questions about Open Educational Resources, Open Access, and for general information about scholarly communication.