Subject Specialization:

Scholarly Communication


Sarah Wipperman started working at Falvey Library in January 2020 and is excited to expand Villanova's scholarly communication services and infrastructures. Previously, Sarah worked at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, first managing Penn's institutional repository, ScholarlyCommons, and developing services and workflows to support this initiative; she then worked with the Digital Scholarship team to expand the capacity of researchers at Penn to create and share new kinds of scholarship. 


Scholarly Communications Services and Support for Faculty, Staff, and Students

I specialize in scholarly communication (the ways in which scholarship is created, disseminated, reused, and shared) with a focus on issues in publishing, copyright, author rights, open access, and scholarly infrastructure. I provide individual consultations as well as customized group workshops and classroom support on a variety of topics in this area, such as 

  • Publishing
    • Establishing your publishing criteria in deciding where to publish
    • Choosing and evaluating a journal/publisher
    • Retaining author rights when publishing, using an author addendum
    • Understanding/negotiating publisher contracts and open access options
    • Reusing published content (including your own)
  • Sharing your work
    • How to make your work more visible and openly accessible
    • How to post/share your work legally
    • Managing your research identity, including using ORCID and academic social networking sites (, ResearchGate, Humanities Commons, etc.)
    • Copyright/permissions concerns
  • Copyright
    • Understanding copyright and your rights
    • Using fair use and other exceptions
    • Reusing images or other media responsibly
    • Using Creative Commons and other open licenses
  • Dissertations & Theses
    • Publishing based on a dissertation/thesis (or using a previously published work as part of your dissertation/thesis)
    • Official copyright registration 
    • Deciding whether or not to embargo
    • "Publishing" your work on ProQuest

This is just a sampling of the areas in which I work (see Scholarly Communication Workshops for more information and examples). I aim to give you the information and tools necessary to make the best choices for you and your work, so while I may not be an expert in your specific field, I can give general guidance based on your discipline and provide targeted, practical information for navigating the copyright and publishing ecosystems. If you have a question, are curious about any of the above topics, or just want to chat about scholarship in your field and beyond, let me know! See common modules I use in workshops:


Selected Presentations and Publications

Skinner, K. & Wipperman, S. (2020). Encouraging adherence to values and principles in scholarly publishing: A case for assessment strategies. Atlanta, Georgia: Educopia Institute. Available at

Wipperman, S., Allen, L., & Whitebloom, K. (2019, May). Dive into SCUBA. Library Publishing Forum, Vancouver, Canada.

Wipperman, S. (2018, October). Scholarly communication unboxed. Presented workshop at FORCE2019, Montreal, Canada. Slides and materials available at

Wipperman, S. (2018, July 9). Digital publishing your way: Moving toward multimodal, flexible platforms [invited blog post]. LPC Blog. Available at

Wipperman, S., Martin, S., & Bowley, C. (2018). Balancing influence in a shifting scholarly communication landscape: Creating library-owned, community-aligned infrastructure through individual, local, and community action. College & Research Libraries News, 79(5), 244. DOI:

Wipperman, S. (2018, April). Digital Commons user group meeting (facilitator). Presented at Digital Initiatives Symposium, San Diego, CA, USA. Slides available at 

Wipperman, S. (2018, February). The road to beprexit. Invited panel presentation, ACRL/SPARC Forum, ALA Midwinter, Denver, CO, USA. Slides available at

Wipperman, S., Allen, L., & Whitebloom, K. (2017, December). Beprexit: Rethinking repository services in a changing scholarly communication landscape. Presented at CNI Membership Meeting, Washington, D.C., USA. Available at

Wipperman, S. & Whitebloom, K. (2017, June). Life in the FASt lane: Speedy workflows for providing a Faculty Assisted Submission (FAS) service for your IR. Presented at DC+GLUG, Cleveland, OH, USA. Presentation and workflow materials available at

Schocket, A. M., Okrent, N., Wipperman, S., & Smith, B. (2016). Constructing the Magazine of Early American Datasets (MEAD): An invitation to share and use data about early America. Common-place 16(3).

Wipperman, S. (2016, March). Meeting the rising tide of faculty needs. Presented at SPARC MORE, San Antonio, TX, USA. Available at

de la Cruz Gutierrez, M., & Wipperman, S. (2015, August). Framing and implementing researcher services at the University of Pennsylvania. Poster session presented at the 2015 VIVO Conference, Cambridge, MA. Available at

Wipperman, S. (2015, July). Building an IR toolbox for targeted marketing, education, training, and outreach. Presented at Digital Commons + Great Lakes User Group (DC+GLUG), Detroit, MI, USA. Available at

Wipperman, S. (2015, April). Beyond the printed page: Using an IR as a platform for discovery, interaction, and integration. Presented at the Advancing Research Communication and Scholarship Conference (ARCSCON), Philadelphia, PA, USA. Available at

Contact Information:

Falvey Library, Villanova University
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA, 19085


Master in Law (M.L.) - University of Pennsylvania (Penn Law), Philadelphia, PA

Relevant Coursework: Copyright Law, Trademark Law, Contracts & Negotiations

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Anthropology (minor: Classics) - New York University, New York, NY