Rita Premo

Scholarly Communications Librarian

Schulz 2052C

Roles and Responsibilities

  • Develops and leads a scholarly communications program addressing topics such as open access, copyright, e-theses, and student research. 
  • Manages SSU participation in the CSU institutional repository, ScholarWorks, and creates initiatives to promote and sustain its use.   
  • Serves as liaison to the School of Science and Technology, with responsibilities including instruction, collection development, and research assistance. 
  • Collaborates with other units on campus, such as the Faculty Center, to engage in training and work related to various scholarly communications topics. 
  • Supports SSU faculty and campus partners interested in affordable learning and open education. 
  • Works with the faculty and students involved in the SSU Makerspace project to provide resources and information literacy instruction.
  • Master of Science (Information Sciences), University of Tennessee
  • Bachelor of Science in Journalism (News-Editorial Journalism), West Virginia University


Academic Interests
  • Public research communication
  • Digital literacy and privacy education
  • Undergraduate scholarly communication training


Selected Publications & Presentations

Krier L, Premo R, and Wegmann M. The future is wide open: sustainable scholarly communications and affordable learning in libraries. Collection Management. 2019. DOI: http://doi.org/10.1080/01462679.2019.1582392

Premo R. Consuming information like a scientist: evaluating and comparing scientific resources. In The Critical Thinking About Sources Cookbook. Chicago: ACRL Publications. In press.

Premo R. Affordable Course Materials: Electronic Textbooks and Open Educational Resources (Review). Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication. 2018; 6(1). DOI: http://doi.org/10.7710/2162-3309.2252


Alt-Textbook: Course Materials Via the Library (SSU), March 6, 2019. 

Content and Pitch: Effective Scientific Research Posters and Poster Presentations (SSU), April 3, 2018. 

Open Education and Affordable Learning at SSU: An Overview and Update (co-sponsored by SSU Faculty Center), March 6, 2018. 

Copyright and Fair Use: An Introduction (SSU), February 27, 2018.

Professional Service:

Scholarly Communications Committee, CSU Council of Library Deans

California Academic & Research Libraries (Scholarly Communication and Open Resources for Education interest group)