LIBR 559L (3)

ISSUES IN SCHOLARLY COMMUNICATIONS AND PUBLICATIONS

Offered on an irregular basis

PREREQUISITES:

MLIS and Dual MAS/MLIS: completion of the MLIS core

MAS: completion of MAS core and permission of the SLAIS Graduate Adviser

GOAL: Scholarly communications are presently undergoing a transformation driven by the shift from the print to the electronic medium combined with the world wide web. This course will provide the student with a strong theoretical framework to understand the challenges, and leadership potential for librarians and archivists, in the new environment for scholarly communications.

OBJECTIVES:

By the end of the course, students will be able to:

  • have a basic understanding of academic research and scholarly communications
  • understand the challenges and opportunities for libraries and academics made possible by electronics and the world wide web, including:
    • open access: library, researcher, and user perspectives
    • open source scholarship
    • open data
    • global research collaborations: small / ad hoc and large-scale
    • interdisciplinary research collaborations: potential roles for librarians and archivists
    • open collaboration (e.g. scholarly blogs and wikis)
    • e-science
    • peer review reform
    • open access archives
    • dark archives
    • library as publisher or publisher support
  • have a theoretical framework for understanding the implications of transformation in scholarly communications for library and archival collections and vice versa; for example, the need for preserving and making accessible scholarly blogs and research data in addition to traditionally published material

CONTENT:

  • brief history of scholarly communications
  • the present of scholarly communications
  • the role of libraries and archives in scholarly communications
  • new possibilities for scholarly communications