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Dr. Rachel Scott

Associate Dean for Information Assets
Milner Library
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Rachel Scott is the Associate Dean for Information Assets at Milner Library, Illinois State University. She was previously a tenured Associate Professor at the University Libraries, University of Memphis where she served as Catalog Librarian (2012-2014), Integrated Library Systems Librarian (2014-2020), and Interim Coordinator for Collection Management, Cataloging, and Library Information Systems (2018-2020). Scott is editor of Library Resources & Technical Services and publishes on music bibliography, scholarly communications, library collections, and technical services.

PhD Historical Musicology

University of Memphis
Memphis, Tennessee

MM Music Performance

Belmont University
Nashville, Tennessee

MS Library and Information Science

University of Illinois

BM Music Performance

University of Illinois

Birdie MacLennan Award


College of Communication and Fine Arts Graduate Student Outstanding Research Award

University of Memphis

33rd Annual Student Research Forum - Second Place

University of Memphis

Book Review

Scott, R. Europeana. Taylor & Francis (2013)

Book, Authored

Scott, R., Harrington, C., & Brunsting, K. Open Access Literature in Libraries: Principles and Practices. American Library Association (2023)

Book, Chapter

Barton, G., & Scott, R. Relocating, Downsizing, and Merging: Inventory Projects to Manage Change in a Digital Environment. Stacey Marien (EDs), Library Technical Services: Adapting to a Changing Environment. Purdue University Press (2020)
Haggerty, K., & Scott, R. Teaching copyleft as a critical approach to “information has value. Critical approaches to credit-bearing information literacy courses (2019): 259--270.
Scott, R. Meta-Literacy in the Online Music Classroom: Opportunities for Instructor and Librarian Collaboration. Carol Johnson and Virginia Christy Lamothe (EDs), Pedagogy Development for Teaching Online Music. IGI Global (2018): 287--305.
Scott, R. Performance as Conversation: Dialogic Aspects of Music Performance and Study. Samantha Godbey; Xan Goodman; Susan Wainscott (EDs), Disciplinary Applications of Information Literacy Threshold Concepts. Association of College and Research Libraries (2017)
Duffy, W., Scott, R., & Schnabel, J. Leveraging New Frameworks to Teach Information Appropriation. Rewired: Research-Writing Partnerships within the Frameworks (2016)

Conference Proceeding

Jallas, Mallory; Murphy, Julie A.; Park, Rachel; Scott, Rachel E.; and Shelley, Anne, "On the Same Team: Technical Services and Student Success Tackle Textbook Affordability" (2023). ACRL 2023 Conference Proceedings, Deposited
Shelley, A., & Scott, R. The Alignment of Open Access with FAIR Principles in Musicological Publishing and Teaching. Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Digital Libraries for Musicology DLfM '22 (2022): 50-54.
Scott, R., & Harrington, C. Documenting an Open Future in a Post-Policy World. Serials Librarian
Scott, R., Harrington, C., & Haggerty, K. Usability Studies in the Electronic Resource Life Cycle. Serials Librarian

Journal Article

Scott, R., Shelley, A., Buckley, C., Thayer-Styes, C., & Murphy, J. Exploring Faculty Perspectives on Open Access at a Medium-Sized, American Doctoral University. Insights: the UKSG journal (2023)
Scott, R., Murphy, J., Jallas, M., Shelley, A., & Park, R. Exploring Faculty Perspectives on Text Selection and Textbook Affordability. College & Research Libraries 84.2 (2023): 180-202.
Scott, R. “Shot Into the Air Like a Rocket”: Climax in the Lieder of Alma Mahler. College Music Symposium 63.1 (2023)
Shelley, A., & Scott, R. Having a Textbook Locks Me into a Particular Narrative’: Textbooks and Open Educational Resources in Music Higher Education. Notes: the Quarterly Journal of the Music Library Association 79.3 (2023): 303–332.
Haggerty, K., Scott, R., & Harrington, C. Integrating Library Resources in a Learning Management System: Exploring Instructor Obstacles and Motivations. College & Research Libraries 83.1 (2022): 111-128.


Scott, R., Brunsting, K., & Harrington, C. A Conversation with the Authors of Open Access Literature in Libraries: Principles and Practices. Library Resources & Technical Services 67.3 (2023): 66-68.
Scott, R., & Fernandez, M. Open to Opportunity. Library Resources & Technical Services 67.1 (2023)
Dubnjakovic, A., & Scott, R. Editorial Note. Music Reference Services Quarterly 25.2-3 (2022): 45-46.
Scott, R. A Fond Farewell. Music Reference Services Quarterly 25.4 (2022): 97-98.
Scott, R., & Fernandez, M. Editorial: Embracing an Open Future. Library Resources & Technical Services 66.3 (2022)


Every Good Belletrist Deserves Funding: Arts and Humanities Scholars and Open Access Publishing Fees. Music Library Association. (2023)
MLA Best of Chapters: Supporting Textbook Affordability via Music Collection Development. Music Library Association Annual Meeting. (2023)
On the Same Team: Technical Services and Student Success Tackle Textbook Affordability. ACRL 2023. Association of College and Research Libraries. (2023)
Quality as a Component of Value: Using Resources for College Libraries to Assess Course Assigned Texts. One Tool, Many Applications: Collection Assessment for Changing Times. (2023)
In Their Own Words: Music Scholars Share Their Experiences with Open Access. Music Library Association Annual Meeting. (2022)
Intersections of Open Access and Information Privilege in Higher Education and Beyond. NASIG. (2022)
Partnering to Provide Affordable Access to e-Textbooks. Center for Teaching and Learning, and Technology Symposium. Center for Teaching and Learning, and Technology. (2022)
Textbook Affordability Initiatives and Open Educational Resources: Complementary or Competing Approaches to a Persistent Problem. NASIG. (2022)
Texts on Repeat: Examining the Persistence of Assigned Course Materials. Charleston Conference. (2022)
The Alignment of Open Access with FAIR Principles in Musicological Publishing and Teaching. Joint Meeting of the Digital Libraries for Musicology and the International Association of Music Libraries, Archives, and Documentation Centres. (2022)

Grants & Contracts

Every Good Belletrist Deserves Funding: Arts and Humanities Scholars and the Costs of Open Access Publishing. ORGS. Illinois State University. (2023)
Scrutinizing Serial Subscriptions: Untangling Cost, Discovery, Access, Delivery, and Openness. ORGS. Illinois State University. (2022)
Austrian Music Festivals under American Occupation. Botstiber Institute for Austrian-American Studies. Private. (2021)
Open Access in Musicology: Obstacles and Incentives. ORGS. Illinois State University. (2021)