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Jill Cirasella
Associate Professor / Scholarly Communication Librarian and University Liaison
Mina Rees Library
CUNY Graduate Center

(212) 817-7046

As Scholarly Communication Librarian and University Liaison, I lead the Mina Rees Library’s scholarly communication initiatives and work with campus colleagues to advance scholarship for the public good. I also offer instruction to the full CUNY research community on a variety of scholarly communication topics (open access, copyright, fair use, publication contracts, journal evaluation, research metrics, and more) and liaise with other CUNY librarians on scholarly communication matters. In addition, I serve as the subject librarian for mathematics, computer science, audiology, and speech-language-hearing sciences.

My research focus is scholarly communication, very broadly construed: recent projects include anxieties surrounding open access, attitudes about practice-based library literature, and the lived experiences of hard of hearing librarians. (See CV.) I am committed to advancing nonprofit community-led open access initiatives; I recently wrapped up three years as chair of the editorial board of the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication and am co-founder and managing editor of the Journal of Graduate Librarianship.

Before coming to the Graduate Center in 2013, I worked for eight years as a reference and instruction librarian at Brooklyn College. Previously, I worked as a librarian at the Dance Notation Bureau and at the Boston Architectural Center (now Boston Architectural College). My education includes a B.A. in computer science from Amherst College, an M.S. in library and information science from Simmons College (now Simmons University), and an M.Sc. in logic from the Universiteit van Amsterdam’s Institute for Logic, Language, and Computation, where I studied on a Netherland-America Foundation Fulbright Grant.