Josh Bolick

University Libraries
Scholarly Communications Librarian
Primary office:
Watson Library


Josh is the Scholarly Communication Librarian in the University of Kansas' Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright. In this role, Josh provides services and instruction regarding copyright and fair use, author's rights, the use of the KU ScholarWorks repository, visibility and impact of researchers and research outputs, and open education. He is a presenter for the Open Textbook Network and Open Education Research Fellow. He received his undergraduate degree in History and Philosophy/Religion at the University of North Carolina Wilmington and his MLIS at Florida State University.


Master of Library and Information Studies (M.L.I.S.), Florida State University

B.A., History & Philosophy/Religion, University of North Carolina Wilmington


Josh's research advances principles of openness, author's rights, global access to scholarship, and open education. His most recent project is an innovative approach to Elsevier's author sharing policy, and a long term project at the intersection of open education and scholarly communication: the creation of a collaboratively authored and community maintained open resource about scholarly communication librarianship.

Research Interests

  • Open access
  • Author's rights
  • Open education
  • Scholarly communication

Selected Publications

Bolick, J. (2018). Leveraging Elsevier's Creative Commons License Requirement to Undermine Embargo. Journal of Copyright in Education and Librarianship, 2(2). DOI:10.17161/jcel.v2i2.7415

Bolick, J. Bonn, M. & Cross, W. (2017). Community-Led Teaching and Learning: Designing an Open Educational Resource for Scholarly Communication and Legal Issues. Against the Grain, 29(4).

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, 81. DOI:10.1002/jwmg.21216

Peterson, A. T., Emmett, A. Bolick, J. Greenberg, M. & Rosenblum, B. (2016). Subsidizing Truly Open Access. Science, 352(6292), 1404. DOI:10.1126/science.aag0946

Bolick, J. (2015). [Review of the book Getting the Word Out: Academic Libraries as Scholarly Publishers, by Bonn, Maria & Furlough, Mike. ACRL]. Journal of Scholarly Communication and Copyright, 3(3), eP1268. Oregon, U.S.: Pacific University Libraries. DOI:10.7710/2162-3309.1268

Vandegrift, M. & Bolick, J. (2014). "Free to All": Library Publishing and the Challenge of Open Access. Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication, 2(4), eP1181. DOI:10.7710/2162-3309.1181

Selected Presentations

Bonn, M. Bolick, J. & Cross, W. . (04/10/2019). OER+Scholarly Communication. Association of College and Research Libraries Biannual Conference. Cleveland, OH

Bonn, M. Cross, W. & Bolick, J. . (11/09/2018). Bringing New Scholarly Communication Librarians into Bloom. The Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC

Cross, W. Bolick, J. & Bonn, M. . (11/06/2018). Let a Thousand Flowers Bloom: Planting Local Open Educational Resources that Will Spring Up Across the Field. The Charleston Conference. Charleston, SC. Available Here

Bonn, M. Bolick, J. & Cross, W. . (10/12/2018). OER is for Everyone!: Granularity as an Approach to Scaling OER Creation through Open Canvas. Open Education Conference. Niagara Falls, NY

Bolick, J. . (10/12/2018). What do MLIS Faculty Know about OER? Open Education Conference. Niagara Falls, NY

Bonn, M. Bolick, J. & Cross, W. . (05/23/2018). Expanding Scholarly Communication Instruction for the Next Generation of LIS Leaders: Building an Open Educational Resource to Support the Work of Scholarly Communication. Library Publishing Forum. Minneapolis, MN. Available Here

Cross, W. Bolick, J. & Bonn, M. . (10/12/2017). Walking the Walk for Open Pedagogy: Community Design of a Shared Open Educational Resource about Scholarly Communication for Librarians and Learners. Open Education Conference. Anaheim CA

Bolick, J. . (06/05/2017). Exploiting Elsevier's Creative Commons License Requirement to Subvert Embargo. Kraemer Copyright Conference. Colorado Springs CO. Available Here

Bolick, J. . (04/29/2017). Open Educational Resources and Math. Kansas Section Mathematical Association of America. Lawrence, KS

Bolick, J. & Cummings-Sauls, R. . (04/28/2017). Addressing Student and Instructor Needs through Library Support for Open Educational Resources. Kansas Library Association, College & University Libraries Section Spring Conference. Lawrence, KS

Bolick, J. A. (04/22/2016). The (Rough & Many-laned) Road to Open: How do we get there from here? Kansas Library Association College and University Library Section and Nebraska Library Association College and University Section Annual Joint Conference. Manhattan KS

Selected Grants

Bolick, Josh, (Researcher), Open Educational Resources Research Fellow, Open Education Group, (01/01/2017 - 12/31/2018). Foundation. Status: Funded.

Bolick, Joshua, (Co-Principal), Designing OERs To Prepare the Next Generation of Scholarly Communication Librarians, LG-72-17-0132-17, Institute of Museum & Library Services and North Carolina State University, $8,472, Submitted 05/31/2017 (11/01/2017 - 10/31/2018). Federal. Status: Funded.

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