NASIG Scholarly Communication Core Competencies Task Force has come out with a list of Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians (SCL) earlier on August 11 after the research and discussion. Scholarly communication is defined by ACRL as “the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use.

In order to have broader and wider perspectives of the world’s library scholarly community, a 360 collaboration type of collaboration should happen within the institution’s departments and business units. This should be going beyond through the regions and national organisations, associations and outside institutions.

Current trends, topics, and issues in scholarly communication by attending webinars and conferences and by reading current and relevant materials on topics such as data management and services, open access, legislative environment, digital preservation, impact metrics, metadata schemata, and so forth should be continuingly sought by all Scholarly Communication Librarians in keeping themselves updated.

These are the 6 personal strengths to look out for and acquire as an SCL in preparing to deal with a fast-paced environment and community:

  1. Collaboration: An example in terms of partnerships going towards the level of national and international, SCL may join a national committee or task force to contribute insight while also gaining professional development.
  2. Communication skills (oral and written): SCL should be able to communicate forth the goals and projects of scholarly communication tasks within and outside his or her institution through formal written documentation, such as policy documents, strategic plans, and mission and vision statements; scholarly publications, such as peer-reviewed articles and conference proceedings; and formal emails to colleagues. In addition, the SCL will have some expectation to engage with colleagues through face to face meetings, as well as public speaking at his or her institution and in more formal settings, such as at conferences and symposia.
  3. Enthusiasm/ambition: It is also important to be enthusiastic in the tasks given other than communicating effectively when reaching out to other members of the community outside of the library or scholarly communication field. SCL should also be ambitious so as o bring forth their creativity in developing and implementing initiatives especially if they need support from other institutional or external stakeholders.
  4. Generalist: Be familiar with the environment of scholarship and publishing in various fields as well as be able to generalize across disciplines for the purposes of communicating quickly and effectively.
  5. Comfort with change and ambiguity: Adaptable and comfortable with changing conditions expectations at his or her institution and within organizations and associations are definitely in demand for a librarian especially in this ambiguous nature of scholarly communication and academia as well as with the constant state of flow in the climate of scholarly communication. 
  6. Personable: Having an effective and enthusiastic communication with together with a personal touch of well pleasant appearance and mannered shall eventually lead to the delivery of an SCL’s message successfully. Positive lasting impression counts and ultimately, the lasting impression should be one of goodwill.

This post is adapted from NASIG Core Competencies for Scholarly Communication Librarians which have been approved and adopted by the NASIG Executive Board. They are now available at the NASIG web site at (Visit the site to view the complete document that describes the skills that librarians need to work in the highly collaborative environment related to digital scholarship and scholarly communications in today’s libraries).