Join hosts Meredith Adinolfi (Cell Press) and Sara Grimme (Digital Science) for the ninth episode of SSP’s Early Career Development Podcast. Along with Open Access & Research and Publishing Advisor Aysa Ekanger (University Library of Tromsø, UiT The Arctic University of Norway) and Research Impact & Open Scholarship Librarian Willa Tavernier (Herman B. Wells Library, Indiana University Bloomington), they discuss what libraries mean to the scholarly communications ecosystem.

Aysa and Willa cover the basics of what libraries do, why they are essential to the research process and output, the relationship between libraries and publishers, and actions that can positively affect this relationship. Threaded through the discussion, listeners will note the recurring emphasis on open access and open science, DEIA (diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility), and the people, associations, and coalitions who support the work of libraries and their broader impact on scholarship.

We encourage our listeners to check out the below resources that Aysa and Willa reference in the episode:

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SSP’s Career Development Committee launched its first podcast series in 2019 to offer advice and discussion on how early career publishing professionals can add to their skill sets, develop networks, and take advantage of new opportunities. In addition, the series presents interviews and insights from experienced professionals on navigating one’s career in a diverse and ever-changing landscape of scholarly communications. If you have any feedback for the hosts, creators, or future episodes, please email