CDRS’s Mark Newton Appointed New Joint Editor-in-Chief of JLSC

by Leyla on June 4, 2015

The Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) is pleased to announce that our Interim Director and Production Manager, Mark Newton, will be the new Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication with Ohio State University Libraries’ Melanie Schlosser. At CDRS, Mark has been at the forefront of developing innovative library publishing, overseeing our scholarly publications partnership program and a wide range of digital scholarship projects, and working collaboratively with faculty, students, librarians, and academic administrators across Columbia, Barnard, Teachers College, and beyond. The original announcement on the appointment, which appears on the website of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication here, is re-posted below.


The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication is pleased to announce that Mark Newton (Columbia University) and Melanie Schlosser (The Ohio State University) have been selected as the next Editors-in-Chief for the journal. Newton and Schlosser succeed Isaac Gilman and Marisa Ramírez, the journal’s founding editors.

Both Newton and Schlosser have experience developing scholarly communication programs in academic libraries, and have strong records of service and professional involvement in the library community. They have collaborated previously through the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC), where they jointly served on the program committee for the inaugural Library Publishing Forum as well as on the LPC’s advisory committee. Newton has also previously published with JLSC, while Schlosser has served as a guest editor (along with Stephanie Davis-Kahl) for a special issue on library publishing.

“We are thrilled to have both Mark and Melanie step into this role,” said Gilman. “Their passion for strengthening libraries’ leadership and involvement in scholarly communication, along with their knowledge and experience, make them ideal editors for JLSC.”

From its inception, JLSC has been committed to providing a forum for librarians and related professionals to share ideas, strategies, and research related to library-led scholarly communication initiatives. Newton and Schlosser hope to expand on this idea; they “would like to see the journal move towards a dual role as publication and lab, where it serves not only as a place for librarians to discuss the changing landscape of scholarly communication, but also to experiment with it.”

Volume 3, Issue 3 will be the first issue edited by Newton and Schlosser. The upcoming issue (Volume 3, Issue 2) is a special issue on data sharing, co-edited by Gail Clement and Lisa Schiff, scheduled for publication in August/September 2015.

About the Editors-in-Chief

Mark Newton is Interim Director and Production Manager at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) at the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services. He is interested in the development of new collaborative programs and services within libraries that promote the expression of online scholarship as well as access and preservation to research outputs of all types.

Melanie Schlosser is Associate Professor and Digital Publishing Librarian at the Ohio State University Libraries, as well as the interim co-head of the Digital Content Services department, which is responsible for the publishing and institutional repository programs. Her work focuses on supporting open access publishing at the university, and her research involves a variety of scholarly communications-related topics, including metadata, copyright, and digital humanities.

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