Marilyn Billings is the Scholarly Communication & Special Initiatives Librarian
and head of the Office of Scholarly Communication 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, author rights, open access, and open education. Current
projects include her oversight of the UMass Amherst’s digital repository ScholarWorks and
her role as the leader of the campus’ Open Education Initiative. Recent activity has
focused on her work as a campus leader and national speaker on the topic of alternatives
to high cost textbooks, the use of open educational resources, and coordinator of the
Open Education Initiative (OEI) launched at UMass Amherst in spring 2011. 

Open access publishing

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The New Now: Institutional Repositories and Academia, Institutional Repository Day @ USM (2015)

This keynote presentation provides a general overview of the changing digital landscape for scholarly communication...

 

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Libraries and Faculty Partnering To Advance Scholarly Communication, Promoting Scholarly Communications Through Open Access Journals (2014)

Since the 1990s serials crisis brought a struggle for university libraries to keep up with...

 

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Transforming Library Services in a Time of Rapid Scholarly Communication Change, Sabbatical talks (2012)

Variation of sabbatical talks given at University of Washington, Indiana University, University of North Carolina,...

 

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The Transformation of Library Services in a Time of Rapid Scholarly Communication Change, Syracuse University (2012)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves to capture, manage, and...

 

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New Roles for Library Faculty Liaisons at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, Purdue University (2012)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves to capture, manage, and...

 

Scholarly publishing

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Scholarly Communication, Open Access Publishing, and the Berlin Declaration, Faculty Senate Research Council, University of Massachusetts Amherst (2011)

Presentation to the Faculty Senate Research Council to facilitate discussion of UMass Amherst as a...

 

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Building a Sustainable Business Model for Library Publishing Services, Library-based Publishing: Strategies for Success (2011)

Presentation on staffing models used by the ScholarWorks Team at UMass Amherst.

 

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The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication: The Role of the Library & Its Partners, NERCOMP/NITLE ISIS Seminar series (2011)

Presentation for online ISIS group.

 

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Library as Publishing Agent: Exploring New Roles, New England Library Association (NELA) Fall 2009 (2009)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves as campus publishers. One...

 

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Library Space Redesign (Virtual), Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges (COPLAC) (2009)

This session will present a series of "think pieces" for both librarians and other campus...

 

Institutional repositories

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The New Now: Institutional Repositories and Academia, Institutional Repository Day @ USM (2015)

This keynote presentation provides a general overview of the changing digital landscape for scholarly communication...

 

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Building Your Fan Base: Promoting Your Repository On and Off Campus, bePress IR All-Stars Tailgate (2015)

Nearing ten years with their repository initiative, Marilyn Billings and her colleagues have made outreach...

 

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A University Library Creates a Digital Repository for Documenting and Disseminating Community Engagement (with William A. Miller), Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (2012)

Digital repositories are new tools for documenting the accumulated scholarly work produced at academic institutions...

 

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Transforming Library Services in a Time of Rapid Scholarly Communication Change, Sabbatical talks (2012)

Variation of sabbatical talks given at University of Washington, Indiana University, University of North Carolina,...

 

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The Transformation of Library Services in a Time of Rapid Scholarly Communication Change, Syracuse University (2012)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves to capture, manage, and...

 

Author Rights

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The New Now: Institutional Repositories and Academia, Institutional Repository Day @ USM (2015)

This keynote presentation provides a general overview of the changing digital landscape for scholarly communication...

 

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Author Rights, Or, The Rights of Copyright (with Fred Zinn), NERCOMP Workshop (2010)

This moderated discussion will cover the two roles that institutional repositories can play when talking...

 

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How To Keep Your Author Rights (and Influence People), Author Rights Science Faculty Colloquy (2007)

This presentation was part of the “Got Rights” UMass Amherst Science Faculty Colloquy, November 29,...

 

ScholarWorks materials

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The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication: The Role of the Library & Its Partners, NERCOMP/NITLE ISIS Seminar series (2011)

Presentation for online ISIS group.

 

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The Potential of Partnerships, ALCTS (2009)

This webinar will use the University of Massachusetts‘ institutional repository as a case study to...

 

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Documenting and Promoting Engagement Using ScholarWorks, UMass Amherst’s Digital Repository, 10th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference (2009)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst scholarly community is exploiting new digital technologies to showcase campus...

 

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Template letter for permissions request - author, Selected works of Marilyn Billings (2007)
 

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Template letter for permissions request - department, Selected works of Marilyn Billings (2007)
 

Scholarly communication

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The New Now: Institutional Repositories and Academia, Institutional Repository Day @ USM (2015)

This keynote presentation provides a general overview of the changing digital landscape for scholarly communication...

 

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Building Your Fan Base: Promoting Your Repository On and Off Campus, bePress IR All-Stars Tailgate (2015)

Nearing ten years with their repository initiative, Marilyn Billings and her colleagues have made outreach...

 

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Hands Across the University: Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication, Addressing the Emerging Trends in the Research Environment / sponsored by the Boston Library Consortium and Digital Science (2014)

The University of Massachusetts – Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system,...

 

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Office of Scholarly Communication: News and Updates, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries (2013)

This is a short update of recent activities and news from the Office of Scholarly...

 

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Transforming Library Services in a Time of Rapid Scholarly Communication Change, Sabbatical talks (2012)

Variation of sabbatical talks given at University of Washington, Indiana University, University of North Carolina,...

 

Publishing

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Library as Publishing Agent: Exploring New Roles, New England Library Association (NELA) Fall 2009 (2009)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves as campus publishers. One...

 

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The Role of the Institutional Repository in Preserving the Scholarly Record of the University of Massachusetts (with Mary E. Piorun and James F. Comes), Library Publications and Presentations (2007)

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst and the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass...

 

Research

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The Potential of Partnerships, ALCTS (2009)

This webinar will use the University of Massachusetts‘ institutional repository as a case study to...

 

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ScholarWorks as a Digital Publishing Platform, Utah IR Day (2009)

This presentation demonstrates how the University Libraries at UMass Amherst are using their Digital Commons...

 

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Documenting and Promoting Engagement Using ScholarWorks, UMass Amherst’s Digital Repository, 10th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference (2009)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst scholarly community is exploiting new digital technologies to showcase campus...

 

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The Role of the Institutional Repository in Preserving the Scholarly Record of the University of Massachusetts (with Mary E. Piorun and James F. Comes), Library Publications and Presentations (2007)

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst and the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass...

 

Libraries, Digital

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The Potential of Partnerships, ALCTS (2009)

This webinar will use the University of Massachusetts‘ institutional repository as a case study to...

 

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ScholarWorks as a Digital Publishing Platform, Utah IR Day (2009)

This presentation demonstrates how the University Libraries at UMass Amherst are using their Digital Commons...

 

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Documenting and Promoting Engagement Using ScholarWorks, UMass Amherst’s Digital Repository, 10th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference (2009)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst scholarly community is exploiting new digital technologies to showcase campus...

 

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Cyberinfrastructure and the Transformation of Libraries, NERCOMP Conference: Cyberinfrastructure and The Liberal Arts: Institutions and the Future of Discipline-based Research (2008)

Libraries are beginning to exploit the transformation that cyberinfrastructure allows: for example, for discovery and...

 

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The Role of the Institutional Repository in Preserving the Scholarly Record of the University of Massachusetts (with Mary E. Piorun and James F. Comes), Library Publications and Presentations (2007)

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst and the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass...

 

University of Massachusetts at Amherst

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The Potential of Partnerships, ALCTS (2009)

This webinar will use the University of Massachusetts‘ institutional repository as a case study to...

 

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ScholarWorks as a Digital Publishing Platform, Utah IR Day (2009)

This presentation demonstrates how the University Libraries at UMass Amherst are using their Digital Commons...

 

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Documenting and Promoting Engagement Using ScholarWorks, UMass Amherst’s Digital Repository, 10th Annual National Outreach Scholarship Conference (2009)

The University of Massachusetts Amherst scholarly community is exploiting new digital technologies to showcase campus...

 

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The Role of the Institutional Repository in Preserving the Scholarly Record of the University of Massachusetts (with Mary E. Piorun and James F. Comes), Library Publications and Presentations (2007)

The W.E.B. Du Bois Library at UMass Amherst and the Lamar Soutter Library at UMass...

 

Library as publisher

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Building a Sustainable Business Model for Library Publishing Services, Library-based Publishing: Strategies for Success (2011)

Presentation on staffing models used by the ScholarWorks Team at UMass Amherst.

 

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Academic Library as Publishing Agent: showcasing student, faculty, and campus scholarship and publications (with Teresa Fishel and Allegra Gonzalez), ACRL 14th National Conference, March 12-15, 2009: Pushing the Educge: Explore, Engage, Extend (2009)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves to be a campus...

 

Digital Collections

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Academic Library as Publishing Agent: showcasing student, faculty, and campus scholarship and publications (with Teresa Fishel and Allegra Gonzalez), ACRL 14th National Conference, March 12-15, 2009: Pushing the Educge: Explore, Engage, Extend (2009)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves to be a campus...

 

Scholarly Communication

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The New Now: Institutional Repositories and Academia, Institutional Repository Day @ USM (2015)

This keynote presentation provides a general overview of the changing digital landscape for scholarly communication...

 

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Building Your Fan Base: Promoting Your Repository On and Off Campus, bePress IR All-Stars Tailgate (2015)

Nearing ten years with their repository initiative, Marilyn Billings and her colleagues have made outreach...

 

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Hands Across the University: Partnering to Advance Scholarly Communication, Addressing the Emerging Trends in the Research Environment / sponsored by the Boston Library Consortium and Digital Science (2014)

The University of Massachusetts – Amherst, the flagship campus of the University of Massachusetts system,...

 

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Office of Scholarly Communication: News and Updates, University of Massachusetts Amherst Libraries (2013)

This is a short update of recent activities and news from the Office of Scholarly...

 

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Transforming Library Services in a Time of Rapid Scholarly Communication Change, Sabbatical talks (2012)

Variation of sabbatical talks given at University of Washington, Indiana University, University of North Carolina,...

 

Institutional Repository

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Academic Library as Publishing Agent: showcasing student, faculty, and campus scholarship and publications (with Teresa Fishel and Allegra Gonzalez), ACRL 14th National Conference, March 12-15, 2009: Pushing the Educge: Explore, Engage, Extend (2009)

Academic libraries of all sizes can and must strategically position themselves to be a campus...

 

Open Education Resources

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Encouraging Openness at Your Institution: Trends in Open Education and Open Access, Special Libraries Association National Conference (2015)

Openness is a major trend that is reshaping scholarship, research, teaching and learning throughout the...

 

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The Open Education Initiative at UMass Amherst: Seeking Alternatives to High-cost Textbooks, Wheaton College (2015)

This presentation provides background about open education, the OER movement, and givens information about the...

 

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Seeking Alternatives to High-cost Textbooks: The UMass Amherst Example. Part 1 of OER and Libraries: How Can You Help? webinar, Affordable Learning Georgia webinar, University System of Georgia Library Services (2015)

As part of National Library Week, you are all cordially invited to "OER and Libraries:...

 

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Libraries Leading the Way on the Textbook Problem (with Charlotte Roh, William M. Cross, and Brendon O'Connell), Charleston Conference (2014)
 

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Spreading the Word, Building a Community: Vision for a National OER Movement (with Nicole Allen and Steven J. Bell), Against The Grain (2014)

Three experts in the use of open education resources as alternatives to high-cost textbooks describe...

 

Library Strategic Planning

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Managing a University Library in the Digital Age (with Gerald J. Schafer), China Institute - BUPT Higher Education Executive Training Program (2011)

This presentation discusses the structure and function of libraries, student and faculty services, scholarly communication...

 

Community Engagement

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Documenting and Promoting Research & Engagement Using ScholarWorks, UMass Amherst's Digital Repository, bePress Webinar Series: Institutional Repositories Supporting Community Engagement, Part 2 (2013)

At UMass Amherst, Marilyn Billings works with university administration and faculty to publish the University's...

 

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A University Library Creates a Digital Repository for Documenting and Disseminating Community Engagement (with William A. Miller), Journal of Higher Education Outreach and Engagement (2012)

Digital repositories are new tools for documenting the accumulated scholarly work produced at academic institutions...

 

Open Education Initiative

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The Open Education Initiative at UMass Amherst: Seeking Alternatives to High-cost Textbooks, Wheaton College (2015)

This presentation provides background about open education, the OER movement, and givens information about the...

 

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Seeking Alternatives to High-cost Textbooks: The UMass Amherst Example. Part 1 of OER and Libraries: How Can You Help? webinar, Affordable Learning Georgia webinar, University System of Georgia Library Services (2015)

As part of National Library Week, you are all cordially invited to "OER and Libraries:...

 

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UMA's Open Education Initiative: Perspective After 4 Years In, Association of South East Research Libraries (ASERL) (2015)

ASERL webinar: Lib-OER Community: Lessons from the Field. In light of growing interest among librarians...

 

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Libraries Leading the Way on the Textbook Problem (with Charlotte Roh, William M. Cross, and Brendon O'Connell), Charleston Conference (2014)
 

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Seeking Alternatives to High-cost Textbooks: A Case Study of the UMass Amherst Open Education Initiative, Connecticut Distance Learning Consortium (CTDLC) E3 Engagement, Empowerment & E-learning Conference (2014)

The high cost and lack of availability of commercial print textbooks is a major concern...

 

No subject area

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Response to RFI on Public Access to Peer-reviewed Scholarly Publications Resulting from Federally Funded Research (2012)

This report is the University of Massachusetts Amherst response to an RFI issued by the

 

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The Changing Landscape of Scholarly Communication: The Role of the Library and an IR, SUNY Buffalo: Digital Humanities, Libraries, and Institutional Repositories: A Panel Discussion (2010)
 

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New Partnerships with Faculty: Creating and Publishing Open Access Journals, NERCOMP Workshop (2010)

This presentation explores new collaborations with faculty to create, manage, and distribute open access journals...

 

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ScholarWorks, the UMass Amherst Digital Repository: Showcasing new ways of sharing our scholarly work, University of Massachusetts Graduate School (2009)

Presentation about ScholarWorks digital repository, scholarly communication, ETDs, graduate student work, and open access publishing...

 

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ESENCe: The Ethics in Science and Engineering National Clearinghouse, LITA National Forum (2009)

This talk provides an example, through ESENCe, of the benefit to librarians of partnering with...