Jovy O’Grady rejoins the HSL staff as Scholarly Communications Librarian

blog-post-photo-jovyThe Health Sciences Library is happy to announce the return of Jovy O’Grady (previously Rosario) to its staff. Previously Jovy was our Instructional Design Librarian who led the development of many online tutorials and other digital projects in the library, including social media and the library’s mobile site. She departed after the birth of her first child. Now she comes to us as Scholarly Communications Librarian. To (re-)introduce her to you and to announce this new position, I asked her a few questions.




Welcome back to New York Medical College. This is an exciting new position. What are some new trends in scholarly communications?

Some new trends in scholarly communication are:

  • An increasing number of discipline-specific archives modeled after arXIV such as bioRxiv, a freely available archive for unpublished preprints in the life sciences.
  • Partnerships between libraries and publishers to fund open access (OA) publications
  • Rewarding OA participation by tying it into the promotion and tenure process
  • The emergence of professional networks like ResearchGate as repositories for scholarly research
  • New ways to measure research impact and reach such as article-level metrics or ALMs

What are you most looking forward to in this role?

I am looking forward to working on Touro Scholar, our institutional repository and growing it into a resource that is useful for faculty and students.

What do you think is the library’s role in supporting faculty scholarly communications and publishing?

I think the library should be involved in each stage of the scholarly communication life cycle from creation to dissemination. The library can support data creation through data management services and training. In terms of publication, we can inform faculty and students about topics such as author rights and tips for maximizing impact. In terms of dissemination, the annual faculty bibliography produced by the library highlights NYMC research. Touro Scholar is another way the library can help researchers share and store their intellectual output and increase discoverability and research impact.

What challenges do you anticipate?

The challenges that I anticipate are populating the repository with a significant amount of NYMC’s research output and encouraging self-archiving by faculty and researchers.