SILS Alumna, Monica McCormick, featured in "The Chronicle of Higher Education"

March 28, 2012

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science (SILS) alumna, Monica McCormick (MSLS 2006), is featured in The Chronicle of Higher Education about her job at the New York University Library and New York University Press in the "Prof Hacker" blog. The article, titled, "Are You a Press or Are You a Library? An Interview with NYU’s Monica McCormick"   is the first in a series of articles on "Digital Challenges to Academic Publishing." 

McCormick is employed as a program officer for the university's Digital Scholarly Publishing office. While many smart and talented people do digital publishing in either a university press or a library, often collaborating with counterparts on the other side of campus, what's unique about McCormick's position is that she works in both the Press and the Library. In her position, she divides her time between the NYU Press and the Library, and serves as a bridge between both organizations.

At the University Press, McCormick does strategic thinking and planning, as the organization moves from being a print book publisher toward offering scholarship in a range of digital forms -- with an emphasis on the digital needs of libraries and the new ways scholars are working in digital realms. At the Library, she supports digital publishing services for NYU scholars, including those associated with the institutional repository and a nascent journal publishing program. In collaboration with the NYU Digital Library Technology Services group, she works on some experimental publishing with groups of scholars such as MediaCommons. Finally, McCormick brings skills from both the University Press and the Library to bear on the evolving scholarly publishing needs of NYU.

"I spend a lot of time managing projects, communicating needs and desires, articulating goals and grappling with change," said McCormick.

Some of the above text was taken from the featured alumna article published by SILS on July 18, 2011. For the complete article, please go to: