ALLYSON MOWER

Curriculum Vitae

ALLYSON MOWER portrait
  • Assistant Librarian, Marriott Library, University of Utah

Research

Research Summary

I am interested in how digital technology changes the way scholars communicate, the role copyright plays in those changes, and how libraries should respond.

Research Statement

Someone once said that books are tools for thinking. As far as technology goes, print books have served humans well for the last 500 years. They accommodate efficient distribution of ideas and provide a user-friendly mechanism for interacting with those ideas. Paper, as a medium in general, allows for wide proliferation of daily news events, recounting of history, announcements of scientific discovery, and artistic interpretations of the world. Yet, the use of print books is declining. In a recent survey of 902 academic scientists, researchers found that 23% of those surveyed had visited the library an average of one time over 12 months to use a print book (Hemminger, et al., 2007). The number of print books checked out from the libraries here at the University of Utah has steadily declined since 2000. In a 2005 survey of 396 college students, 39% of the respondents indicated that they used print books available in the library (OCLC, 2005). The fact that members of the faculty, researchers and students do not readily use print books as tools for thinking begs the question: what tools are being used for thinking and how are they being created, measured and assessed?

Research Keywords

  • Scholarly communication, Interest Level: 5
  • Digital Publishing, Interest Level: 5
  • Digital Libraries, Interest Level: 3
  • Copyright, Patent and Trademark Law, Interest Level: 5
  • Collaborative Scholarship, Interest Level: 3

Software Titles

  • University Scholarly Knowledge Inventory System. Tracks authors, articles, and publisher copyright policies. Release Date: 02/01/2007. Inventors: Allyson Mower, Anne Morrow, Scott Cowley.