Ada Emmett, MLIS

University Libraries
Librarian/Faculty Ombuds
Director, Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright; Faculty Ombuds (20%)
Primary office:
Watson Library
Room 440
University of Kansas
1425 Jayhawk Boulevard
Lawrence, KS 66045


I work an 80% appointment in the libraries as the director of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright, and have a 20% appointment as faculty ombuds in the University Ombuds Office, as of July 2019. I have been at KU since 2002, working as assistant, then associate, and now full librarian advocating for equity in the scholarly publishing system and for open access. I am excited to be part of the University Ombuds Office and learning from KU's full-time University Ombuds, Dr. D. A. Graham.


Master of Library and Information Science (M.L.I.S.), University of Washington

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Linguistics, The University of Michigan


I am working with local and international open access experts to examine the equity and justice of future models for the scholarly communication system. My collaborative research encourages the inclusion of diverse stakeholders from around the world to shape an equitable global system of scholarly publishing. We have published formal and informal pieces and developed and hosted an international symposium here at KU last fall to continue to explore the landscape of open access as it evolves. My publications are in KU ScholarWorks and listed here, our OAnarchy blog is here, and our symposium information here,

Research Interests

  • Open access
  • Scholarly communication
  • Scholarly publishing
  • Information literacy
  • Copyrights
  • Author rights
  • Fair use.

Selected Publications

Bolick, J. Emmett, A. Greenberg, M. L., Rosenblum, B. & Peterson, A. T. (2017). How Open Access is Crucial to the Future of Science. Journal of Wildlife Management and Wildlife , 81(4), 564-566. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21216

Kieft, R. Emmett, A. Bolick, J. & Kennison, R. (2017). OA Beyond APCs: a conference report. In the Open (blog).

Peterson, A. T., Emmett, A. Bolick, J. Greenberg, M. L., & Rosenblum, B. (2016). Subsidizing truly open access. Science Science , 352(6292), 1405. DOI:10.1126/science.aag0946

Bonaccorso, E. Bozhankova, R. Cadena, C. D., Čapská, V. Czerniewicz, L. Emmett, A. Oludayo, F. F., Glukhova, N. Greenberg, M. L., Hladnik, M. Grillet, M. E., Indrawan, M. Kapović, M. Kleiner, Y. Łaziński, M. Loyola, R. D., Menon, S. Morales, L. G., Ocampo, C. Pérez-Emán, J. Townsend Peterson, A. Poposki, D. Rasheed, A. A., Rodríguez-Clark, K. M., Rodríguez, J. P., Rosenblum, B. Sánchez-Cordero, V. Smolík, F. Snoj, M. Szilágyi, I. Torres, O. & Tykarski, P. (2014). Bottlenecks in the Open-Access System: Voices from Around the Globe. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 2(2), eP1126. DOI:10.7710/2162-3309.1126

Peterson, A. T., Emmett, A. & Greenberg, M. L. (2013). Open Access and the Author-Pays Problem: Assuring Access for Readers and Authors in a Global Community of Scholars. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 1(3), eP1064. DOI:10.7710/2162-3309.1064

Emmett, A. & Stratton, J. (2011). Open Access to Knowledge: A University Case Study. In Proceeding, International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA’s) Social Science Libraries Section Satellite Conference: “A Bridge to Knowledge for Sustainable Development”, Havana, Cuba (Vol. 42, pp. 1433-1441).

Emmett, A. Stratton, J. Peterson, A. T., Church-Duran, J. & Haricombe, L. (2011). Toward Open Access: It Takes a Village. Journal of Library Administration, 51 , 1-23. DOI:10.1080/01930826.2011.589345

Emmett, A. & Emde, J. (2007). Assessing Information Literacy Skills Using the ACRL Standards as a Guide. Reference Services Review, 35 (2), 210-229.

Selected Presentations

Emmett, A. . (04/23/2018). How to Develop a Faculty Open Access Policy as a Multi-stakeholder, Multi-year Cooperative Project. Digital Initiatives Symposium. University of San Diego. Available Here

Emmett, A. . (10/19/2015). University Librarians functional and advocacy roles in the Open Access movement. Webinar Presentation, Library and Information Association of South Africa, University of KwaZulu-Natal Howard College. South Africa. Available Here

Selected Grants

Emmett, Ada, Sophisticated Forms of Cooperation: Mechanisms for Equity in an Open Access Publishing System, 2800688, $6,000, Submitted 04/01/2018 (07/01/2018 - 06/30/2019). This award will support my sabbatical efforts by allowing me to attend conferences and trainings in preparation for completion of my sabbatical project. See "field research" section for description of my site visits, meetings, consultations. University (KU or KUMC). Status: Funded.

Selected Awards & Honors

Gretchen and Gene A. Budig Distinguished Librarian Award
University of Kansas

Emerald Literati Network – Awards for Excellence 2008. Outstanding Paper Award, Emerald Publishers
Emerald Publishers

Sabbatical Fall 2018
University of Kansas

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