Michael Ladisch is the Scholarly Communications Officer and Program Lead at the UC Davis Library. He provides guidance and support to UC Davis’ researcher community on issues related to scholarly communications, creates educational and outreach materials about intellectual property issues, and provides consultative services regarding scholarly works permissions. He also serves as the primary spokesperson regarding all aspects of scholarly publishing, barrier-free access to knowledge, changing scholarly credit mechanisms, and new modes of knowledge creation. In addition, Michael partners with campus units and other library programs to develop solutions for collecting, disseminating, and preserving new forms of scholarly communication.
Michael is a research librarian with more than 20 years of experience in academic settings ranging from Germany to Ireland to the U.S. He has extensive experience in all areas of scholarly communication, with specific expertise in citation analysis and altmetrics. Before joining the library, he was the STEM Librarian at University of the Pacific Libraries in Stockton, CA, and lead for their library’s scholarly communication support. His past experience includes several years as the bibliometrics librarian at University College Dublin, Ireland, and four years as Head Librarian at the newly founded Max Planck Institute for Social Anthropology in Halle, Germany, where he established the institute’s library from scratch. Before that, he served as head of the Hospital Library at Halle’s University. In his early years, Michael earned a certificate in dairy farming and worked for a couple of years in that profession.
Michael has a Master of Arts, Library and Information Science from the Institute of Library and Information Science at Humboldt University in Berlin, Germany and a Diploma in Library Science, from the Department of Library Science, Book Trade and Museology, Leipzig University of Applied Sciences in Leipzig, Germany. He is active professionally, having presented extensively at regional, national and international conferences, and is very interested in the changing modes of scholarly communication and their effects on researchers and their research.
Beyond work, Michael is a cinephile, appreciating world and arthouse cinema (but not exclusively). He also likes to read, cook and travel, and does some occasional birdwatching.