Molly Keener

Molly Keener
Molly Keener (she/her)
Director of Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication

Molly Keener is the Director of Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, where she works with faculty, students, and staff to understand copyright and author rights, open access, research data management, and scholarly publishing, as well as to advance awareness of new and emerging models of scholarly publishing and digital scholarship. Keener assists faculty in understanding their rights and responsibilities as copyright owners, and in understanding how to appropriately incorporate copyrighted material into their work. She encourages faculty to explore new opportunities for sharing scholarship, including open access publishing and archiving, public access to funded research outputs, and research data management. She works with graduate students as they are completing their dissertations and theses to ensure a core understanding of their rights as authors with respect to copyright and online access to their scholarship. Keener also educates undergraduate students on the basics of copyright, raising awareness of their rights and responsibilities as contributors and consumers. With the other members of the Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication department, Keener ensures that the library is advancing services and innovative opportunities for faculty and students to explore and expand their concept of scholarship.Molly Keener joined the faculty of Z. Smith Reynolds Library, Wake Forest University, in October 2009 as the Scholarly Communication Librarian. In January 2017, Keener was appointed the Director of Digital Initiatives & Scholarly Communication. Previously, she worked as a reference librarian at the Coy C. Carpenter Library at Wake Forest School of Medicine. She holds a BA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a MLIS from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.


  • Keener, Molly, Levine, Melissa, & Wipperman, Sarah. (2023). Negotiating for Your Future: Using Salary Data to Advocate for Fairer Compensation. Forging the Future: The Proceedings of the ACRL 2023 Conference, 310-325. #
  • Keener, Molly. (2019). The Conversation of Scholarship. Serials Review, 45(1-2). #
  • Giovanelli, Laura, & Keener, Molly. (2019). How to Talk About Copyright So Kids Will Listen, and How to Listen About Copyright So Kids Will Talk: An Assignment at the Intersection of Multimodal Writing and Intellectual Property. Teaching Information Literacy and Writing Studies: Volume 2, Upper-Level and Graduate Courses. Purdue University Press: West Lafayette, IN.
  • Burris, Christian, McCallum, Carolyn, & Keener, Molly. (2016). Incorporating Branded Academic Library Programming to Promote and Showcase Campus Research and Artistic Performances. North Carolina Libraries, 74(1), 13-20.
  • Keener, Molly. (2015). Contextualizing Copyright: Fostering Students' Understanding of Their Rights and Responsibilities as Content Creators. Virginia Libraries, 61, 37-42. #


  • Keener, Molly, Adlington, Janice, Alexander, Kerr, Kaelin, Stephanie, & Macdonald, Jack. (2023, November). Active or Passive? Supporting Experimental Models on the Drive Towards an OA Future. Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC.
  • Keener, Molly. (2023, October). Open Together: Uniting Our Community to Build a Better Future. Open Access Week 2023, Virtual.
  • Keener, Molly, Dickson, Katherine, Gilliland, Anne, & Hansen, Dave. (2023, October). Cultivating Copyright Knowledge: Developing Support Strategies for Library Communities. NCLA 65th Biennial Conference, Winston-Salem, NC.
  • Keener, Molly. (2023, March). Negotiating for Your Future: Using Salary Data to Advocate for Fairer Compensation. Association of College & Research Libraries 2023 Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
  • Eastman-Mullins, Andrea, Makowski, Jenna, & Keener, Molly. (2022, November). On the Shoulders of Giants: How OER Can Build on the Open Source and Open Access Movements. Charleston Conference, Charleston, SC.

Committees & Offices Held

  • University Information Policy Officers, Immediate Past Chair. (November 1, 2023 - Present).
  • UIPO Steering Committee, Chair. (November 1, 2021 - October 31, 2023).
  • UIPO Steering Committee, Chair-Elect. (November 1, 2020 - October 31, 2021).
  • Cambridge University Press North American Advisory Board, Member. (November 1, 2016 - Present).
  • ASERL Scholarly Communication Interest Group, Co-Chair. (July 1, 2016 - June 2018).