Melanie Kowalski

Melanie Kowalski

Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian


  • MS, Library and Information Sciences, Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
  • BA, Sociology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn.

Professional Profile

Melanie Kowalski joined the Emory University Libraries in September 2011 as a Research Library Fellow in Scholarly Communications. She has a BS in Sociology from Vanderbilt University and an MLIS from Kent State University. Before accepting her position at Emory, Melanie completed internships with the University of Akron School of Law and the Sherwin-Williams Company, focusing on intellectual property and research.

In her currect role as the Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Melanie consults with faculty, graduate students, and undergraduates regarding copyright law and their teaching or research. Additionally, Melanie teaches several instructional sessions throughout the academic year on author’s rights and publication. She is also involved with the coordination of OpenEmory, an open-access institutional repository of Emory faculty peer-reviewed journal articles. Melanie has research interests in copyright, open access, data management, network neutrality, orphan works, and digital libraries.

Melanie serves as the Chair of the Professional Development Grant Award Committee under ALA's New Member's Round Table (ALA-NMRT). She has previously served on ALA-NMRT's Resume Review Service Commiitte and was the Social Media and Education Chair for the Atlanta Emerging Librarians, a Georgia Library Association interest group in 2012. You can follow her on Twitter at @MelanieKowalski

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