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Jill Cirasella
Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication
Associate Professor
Mina Rees Library
CUNY Graduate Center

(212) 817-7046

As Associate Librarian for Scholarly Communication, I lead the Mina Rees Library’s scholarly communication initiatives and promote open scholarship across campus. My priorities include enabling public access to GC-authored scholarship in the CUNY Academic Works repository and offering instruction and one-on-one consultations about open access, copyright, fair use, publication contracts, journal evaluation, research metrics, and more. I collaborate closely with the Head of Reference on the Open Knowledge Fellowship and other projects, with the Digital Services Librarian on digital preservation efforts, and with the Scholarly Communications Librarian at CUNY’s Office of Library Services on advancing open access and sound scholarly communication policies across CUNY. I also serve as the subject librarian for mathematics, computer science, philosophy, 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 currently in the process of co-founding 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.