Beth Bernhardt is the Assistant Dean for Collection Management and Scholarly Communications at the University of North Carolina Greensboro (UNCG). Beth has been working in Scholarly Communications four years and previously worked as the Electronic Resources Librarian at UNCG. Prior to that she was the Associate Director of Library Services at Greensboro College. Beth has worked in the field of librarianship for over twenty years. She has spent her time at UNCG educating faculty on open access and promoting open publishing by launching six new open access journals with faculty using the Open Journal System software. Beth has successfully worked on implementing an Open Education Resources (OER) program for lowering the cost of textbooks for students on her campus. With her colleagues at East Carolina University, each institution was awarded grant funding from LSTA to promote OER and lower the cost of textbooks for their campuses. Beth supervises UNCG’s Institutional Repository (NC DOCKS); since 2013 NC DOCKS has increased the number of deposits by twenty percent.
Since 2013, Beth has spoken nationally at ALA and the Charleston Conference on many scholarly communications issues such as predatory journals, open educational resources, providing support for publishing open access journals and open educational resources. She recently gave a poster presentation at the 2017 ALA Annual Meeting titled “Helping to Keep the Cost of Textbooks for Students Down: Two Approaches,” and then also presented at the 2017 ALA Midwinter Meeting on “Open Education Resources in Academic Libraries: Seeking Alternatives to High-Cost Textbooks.” Beth has presented workshops on campus to faculty and graduate students on open access, copyright issues and how to identify predatory journals. Beth is the chair of the UNCG Faculty Senate Scholarly Communications Committee. This committee has provided educational forums on campus on Scholarly Communications issues twice a year.
In 2015 Beth participated in the program planning of the first ASERL Unconference on Scholarly Communications. Beth has been a founding and active member of the SPARC OER Board. Beth has served as the Principle Program Director for the Charleston Conference since 2005. During this time, she has been instrumental in making sure that more programs on scholarly communications issues have been available for participants at the conference.
Beth’s term on the SPARC Steering Committee expires December 2020.