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Shan Sutton

Associate University Librarian for Research and Scholarly Communication

Phone: (541) 737-8528
Mailing Address: 121 The Valley Library , Oregon State University , Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Fax: (541) 737-3453
Primary Duties:

As the AUL for Research and Scholarly Communication, I provide vision, leadership, and supervision for twenty-five faculty and sixteen staff in the Center for Digital Scholarship and Services, the Special Collections and Archives Research Center, the Emerging Technologies and Services department, and Guin Library. I also serve as the Libraries' Expert Lead for research data services.

Brief CV


MA in Library Science, University of Arizona, 1996

          Member of Beta Phi Mu Honor Society

MH in Humanities, Wright State University, 1993

          “Outstanding Student in the Master of Humanities Program” award, 1993

BS in Education, Wright State University, 1990

Research and Professional Interests:

Open movements: open access, open source, open data, open education.

Emerging roles of academic libraries as collaborators in the research process and disseminators of scholarship.

Alternative publishing models that fully leverage the capabilites of academia to manage its own research outputs.




Selected Publications:
  • “Open Textbooks at Oregon State University: A Case Study of New Opportunities for Academic Libraries and University Presses.” Co-Authored with Faye A. Chadwell. Journal of Libraries and Scholarly Communication, Accepted for publication. 
  • “The Future of Open Access and Library Publishing.” Co-Authored with Faye A. Chadwell. New Library World, June 2014.
  • “Open Access, Publisher Embargoes, and the Voluntary Nature of Scholarship: An Analysis.” College & Research Libraries News, October 2013.
  • “Time to Step on the Gas in Approaching the Intersections of Scholarly Communication and Information Literacy.” Review essay. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, May 2013.
  • “Balancing Boutique-Level Quality and Large-Scale Production: The Impact of ‘More Product, Less Process’ on Digitization in Archives and Special Collections.” RBM: A Journal of Rare Books, Manuscripts, and Cultural Heritage, Spring 2012.
  • “The Special Collections Laboratory: Integrating Archival Research into Undergraduate Courses in Psychology and Music.” Chapter in the book Past or Portal?: Teaching Undergraduates Using Special Collections and Archives. Association of College and Research Libraries, 2012
  • “Digitizing California History: Issues of Selection and Description.” Microform & Imaging Review, Winter 2008.
  • “Beyond the Reading Room: Integrating Primary and Secondary Sources in the Library Classroom.” Co-authored with Lorrie Knight. The Journal of Academic Librarianship, May 2006. This article was selected by the ALA Library Instruction Roundtable as one of the top 20 library instruction articles of 2006.
  • “Bringing the Borderlands to the Web: The Arizona-Sonora Documents Online Project.” The Western Historical Quarterly, Summer 2005.
  • “Navigating the Point of No Return: Organizational Implications of Digitization in Special Collections.” portal: Libraries and the Academy, April 2004.
  • “The Deadhead Community: Popular Religion in Contemporary American Culture.” Chapter in the book Deadhead Social Science: You Ain’t Gonna Learn What You Don’t Want to Know. Altamira Press, 2000. The chapter is an abridged version of my Master of Humanities thesis.