Allyson Mower, Scholarly Communication & Copyright Librarian portrait
  • Academic Senate Policy Liaison
  • Librarian, Marriott Library

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

  • Food Inspection

Presentations

  • Mower, A. How the Act of Reading Changes Lives. Banned Book Week, Marriott Library. , Presented, 2018.
  • Panelist for session on dynamic publishing at the Council of Scientific Editors, May 16, 2016, Denver, CO. , Presented, 2016.
  • Workshop on shared governance for faculty, faculty senate, and administrators at Dixie State University, March 23-24, 2016. , Presented, 2016.
  • Mower A. Know Your (Author) Rights: Understanding & Educating Faculty About Author Rights Open Access and Digital Repository Forum San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. , Presented, 2011.
    http://scholarworks.sjsu.edu/oa_digitalrepos/Progr...
  • Permission-Free Resources for Advertising Library Events, Programs, Collections at ULA Annual Conference. , Presented, 2019.
  • Mower A, “Opening the Doors to the U.S. Copyright System,” Utah Library Association, May 5, 2016, Layton, UT. , Presented, 2016.
  • Craigle V, Herbert J, Mower A. “Cracking the Code: Illuminating New Directions in Scholarly Communications and Publishing.” November 4, 2012, Denver CO. , Presented, 2012.
    http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/ref/collection/usp...
  • Watkinson C, Nesdill D, Mower A, Murray-Rust C. “Library Publishing Services: Strategies for Success.” Charleston Conference. November 3, 2011, Charleston, SC. , Presented, 2011.
    http://content.lib.utah.edu/cdm/ref/collection/usp...
  • Panelist for session on predatory publishing at the Association of Food Scientists. Panel, Presented, 2018.
  • Anderson, R., Cummings, E., Miles, E., Steidinger, S., Thoms, B., Vanderhooft, P., Mower, A. © Myth Destroyers. Utah Library Association, Sandy, UT. Panel, Presented, 2017.
  • Anderson R., Christensen R., Cummings E., Miles E., Sollis L., Steidinger S., Thoms B., Mower A. How to Craft a Fair Use Policy Utah Library Association, Sandy, UT. , Presented, 2018.
  • Mower, A. “Study of Authorship & Publishing at the University of Utah,” Society for the History of Authorship, Reading, and Publishing, July 22, 2016, Paris, France. , Presented, 2016.
  • Mower, A. James, MA. “One Library’s Successful Venture in Providing Comprehensive Streaming Media Services,” Charleston Library Conference, November 7, 2015, Charleston, SC. , Presented, 2015.
  • Mower, A. “When Rights Clash: Origins of the University of Utah Academic Senate and the Story of AAUP’s First Investigation,” American Association of University Professors, June 12, 2015, Washington, DC. , Presented, 2015.

Copyrights

  • When Rights Clash: Origins of the University of Utah Academic Senate. Allyson Mower and Paul Mogren, 2014.

Software Titles

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

Publications

  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). When Rights Clash provides both a history of how the University of Utah came to have an Academic Senate and a guide to navigating the U of U’s modern shared governance system. It was authored by Allyson Mower and Paul Mogren. Paul and I both served as Presidents of the Academic Senate—2008-2009 and 2013-2014, respectively.. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). Copyright Policies & Workflows in Libraries. Rowman & Littlefield. Accepted, .
  • Allison Brown, editor (date unknown). Craigle V, Herbert J, Morrow A, Mower A. “The Development of Library-Led Publishing Services at the University of Utah,” in Library Publishing Toolkit. Geneseo, NY: IDS Project Press, 2013.. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Mower A, James MA, “One Library’s Successful Venture in Providing Comprehensive Streaming Media Services,” Charleston Conference Proceedings 2015, article in press. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). Mower, A. Developing an institutional repository: an insider’s look at the University of Utah IR. Library Student Journal, November 2006. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). Morrow A, Mower A. “University Scholarly Knowledge Inventory System: A Workflow System for Institutional Repositories.” Cataloging and Classification Quarterly, 2009; 47(3/4): 286-296. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Sources of Evidence to Inform Scholarly Communication Librarianship. Evidence Based Library and Information Practice. Vol. 13. Accepted, .
  • Kathleen Amos (date unknown). Amos K, Mower A, James MA, Weber A, Yaffe J, Youngkin ME. “Exploring the Publishing Patterns of a Large Research University: Implications for Library Practice.” Evidence Based Library and Information Practice, 2012; 7(3). Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). Lombardo NT, Mower A, McFarland M. “Putting Wikis to Work in Libraries.” Medical Reference Services Quarterly. 2008 Summer; 27(2):129-45. Accepted, .
  • (date unknown). Mower A, Youngkin ME. “Expanding Access to Published Research: Open Access and Self-Archiving.” Journal of Neuro-Ophthalmology, 2008; 28(1):69-71. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). Fundamentals of Academic Authorship in the U.S. Marriott Library. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). A Review of "The Age of Surveillance". Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). One-Line Book Reviews. University of Utah. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). How the Act of Reading Changes Lives. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Viewpoint Discrimination. ALA Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Battin, Margaret P. (date unknown). Coordinator of Library/Press partnership on Battin, Margaret P. Ethics of Suicide: Historical Sources. New York: Oxford University Press, 2015 and Archive Librarian for Ethics of Suicide Digital Archive. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Review of "Beyond Banned Books". ALA Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Intellectual Freedom in Situational Contexts. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). New Privacy Law in Utah. ALA Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Net Neutrality Represents Ongoing Debate About Affordable Broadband in America. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Thoughts on Andrew Curran’s Diderot and the Art of Thinking Freely. ALA Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Book Review of "Speak Freely: Why Universities Must Defend Free Speech". Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). The University of Utah, its Authors, and their Works, 1883-1970. Marriott Library. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Intellectual Freedom Needs Content, Curriculum, and Librarians. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, A. (date unknown). Stories of Reading and Not Reading in Utah. Marriott Library. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). From Restrictive Speech Codes to Virtue-Signaling Statements: Is There a Better Way?. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Freedom of Information Day--Thank a Reporter. ALA Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Is There a Connection Between Mental Health and Intellectual Freedom?. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Integrating Libraries and Books. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Mower, Allyson (date unknown). Freedom to Use Your Mind. Intellectual Freedom Blog. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). Mower A., Chaufty L. “Do something no one has imagined: the 2008 SPARC Digital Repositories meeting.” College & Research Libraries News, 2009; 70(3): 158-60. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). Mower A. “Working Together or Apart: Promoting the Next Generation of Digital Scholarship (review)." portal: Libraries and the Academy, 2009; 9(4): 519-520. Accepted, .
  • Allyson Mower (date unknown). Mower, A. The Librarian's Copyright Companion, 2nd Edition, by James S. Heller, Paul Hellyer, & Benjamin J. Keele. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 2013, 1(3):eP1067. Accepted, .