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Colloquium on Scholarly Communication

Colloquium on Scholarly Communication American University Library

The American University Library’s Colloquium on Scholarly Communication features experts from both American University and the larger academic community presenting on challenges for academia in the twenty-first century. The Colloquium encompass a variety of topics that present challenges and opportunities to scholars and scholarly institutions, from the complexities of open access publishing to methods of cultural preservation in a digital-first age. Small-group presentations allow faculty and administrators from all disciplines and levels to engage with speakers regarding these key issues shaping the University’s future.

Faculty, administrators, and students interested in issues in scholarly communication are encouraged to join us for this series.

For more information about any of the events in this series, please email

2017-2018 Events

Using Research Networking Tools to Foster Team Science
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Bender Library, Training and Events Room 150
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: James King, Branch Chief & Information Architect, National Institutes of Health (NIH) Library

Team science and globalization have dramatically changed research and research collaboration. Learn how NIH is working to directly harvest information from trusted data sources to dynamically create researcher profiles (or CVs) utilizing researcher networking tools with a goal of fostering collaboration across the entire Department of Health and Human Services.

Scholarly Communication and Social Justice: Pushing to Subvert Traditional Publishing Power Structures
Thursday, November 9, 2017
Bender Library, Training and Events Room 150
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: Charlotte Roh, Scholarly Communications Librarian, University of San Francisco

Scholarly communication and the open access movement has come a long way in its acceptance in the academic environment. However, the economic models of open access have not been as open and free as anticipated, and this is because publishing models are still rooted in traditional power structures. What can libraries do to subvert these imbalances?

Motivational Metrics: A Publisher and Library Collaboration
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Bender Library, Training and Events Room 150
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Speakers: Alphonse MacDonald, Director of Marketing and Technology, National Academies Press and Colleen Willis, Senior Librarian, Digital Resources, National Academies Research Center

In response to increasing internal demand for and focus on metrics associated with the work of the National Academics of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, in 2015 the National Academies Press and the Research Center launched an institution wide initiative to standardize our data collection processes and create “best practice” guidelines for staff. This ongoing initiative includes developing a common definition for impact, a standardized taxonomy for data collection, development work on the internal metrics platform, staff training on data analysis, and marketing tools for reports to sponsors and new funding proposals. MacDonald and Willis will present on how their metrics initiative has impacted the work of librarians, researchers, and program staff, what they have learned about the increasing importance of metrics in scholarly publishing, and what they have in mind for the future.

Understanding Predatory Publishing, Thwarting Predatory Publishing
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Bender Library, Training and Events Room 150
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: Monica Berger, Associate Professor and Technical Services and Electronic Resources Librarian, New York City College of Technology

Predatory publishing is a form of low quality, amateurish and sometimes unethical academic publishing. Why did it arise and why does it continue to thrive? Thwarting predatory publishing is possible when stakeholders grasp the underlying conditions that drive this phenomenon.

Open Education: Exploring Philosophy, Potential, and Practices
Thursday, March 8, 2018
Bender Library, Training and Events Room 150
10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Speaker: Anita Walz, Open Education, Copyright & Scholarly Communications Librarian, Virginia Tech

The open education movement with its emphasis on free access and permissions has generated a flurry of activity around scholarly and teaching activities involving innovative pedagogies, open textbooks, open educational resources (OER), Creative Commons licensing, and open policies. Far from being a fringe movement, open education has potential to challenge and enrich nearly any educational setting. This presentation explores philosophies, motivations, and emerging practices of the open education movement with an eye toward identifying opportunities for administrators, faculty, students, librarians and instructional designers.

Past Events

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