Gail Clement is an academic and research librarian with extensive experience in scientific and grey literature publishing, (including theses and dissertations), scientific repositories, copyright and authorship education, and E-research support. She serves as Head of Research Services at the Caltech Library, leading a team of subject librarians, repository, metadata and licensing specialists to develop knowledge management resources, publishing and authorship services for the campus community. She initiated the innovative Author Carpentry program at Caltech to provide training and tools in responsible, reproducible, and reuseable research publication, building capacity to craft the fully executable Science Paper of the Future. These workshops have also been offered through the CODATA-RDA Summer School in Research Data Science.
In the previous position as Professor and Scholarly Communication librarian at Texas A&M, Gail led the University’s ORCID integration initiative, designed and managed the Online Access to Knowledge (OAK) fund covering authors’ open access publishing fees, and oversaw the retrospective digitization and online re-publication of many thousands of theses, dissertations, and engineering reports. She served as primary copyright specialist for campus, advising on university issues such as student copyright ownership of dissertations; submission licenses for the digital repository; and applications of fair use for teaching and course reserves. Her curriculum on academic authorship and publishing established the Library's close partnership with the Graduate School and the 'Grad Aggies' professional development series. Instruction in scholarly authoring and publishing has also been offered through professional groups such the US Electronic Thesis and Dissertations Association (USETDA) and the Texas Digital Library.
Gail's professional service includes membership on the Research Data Alliance-CODATA Legal Interoperability of Research Data Interest Group; the Overleaf Steering Group; and past service on ORCID's Outreach Steering Committee and the AGU Publications Committee. Gail is a member of the Editorial Board for the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) where she co-edited the 2015 special issue on data sharing, data publication, and data citation. She also serves on the License Review Committee and the Scholarly Communication Taskforce of the Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium and performs peer review for scholarly journals including College & Research Libraries. Gail is also a mentor for early career researchers through AuthorAid.
Gail writes and speaks regularly on scholarly communication, scientific knowledge management, and research publishing topics.