The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (JLSC) seeks a Reviews Co-Editor to continue and expand a program of reviewing scholarship, platforms and tools, and programs and courses whose subject matter is directly connected to the publication scope of JLSC. The Reviews Co-Editor will serve a four-year term (2020-2024), staggered with the other Co-Editor, Julia Lovett, Digital Initiatives Librarian at University of Rhode Island (2018-2022). The tentative start date will be during April or May.
Role: Working together, the Reviews Co-Editors are responsible for identifying publications and other resources of interest to the journal’s readership, acquiring review materials as necessary, recruiting appropriate reviewers, and ensuring that published reviews are high quality. The Reviews Co-Editors are supported in this work by the Editors-in-Chief, who will provide direction and mentoring as needed, and by the Editorial Board.
- Expertise: The Reviews Co-Editor should have demonstrated experience and expertise in one or more areas related to the intersection of librarianship and scholarly communication.
- Energy: This role will involve a regular time commitment to editorial work, so we will show a preference for individuals who are provided release time for editorial activities or for whom these activities fall within the scope of their professional responsibilities.
- Diversity: JLSC seeks diverse perspectives, both in our editorial team and in the content we choose to review. We will show a preference for individuals who can demonstrate a commitment to promoting diversity.
- Professional engagement: The Reviews Co-Editor is responsible for monitoring new publications and other resources and identifying those of interest to the community. Engagement in the profession (through publishing, attending conferences and webinars, serving on committees, or similar activities) is critical to success in this area.
To apply, please send a cover letter addressing the qualifications, a sample of your academic writing, and a current CV to the JLSC editors at email@example.com by February 7, 2020. Applications will be reviewed by the Reviews Co-Editor and the Editors-in-Chief.
The Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication (http://jlsc-pub.org) is a continuously-published, peer-reviewed open-access publication for original articles, reviews, and case studies that analyze or describe the strategies, partnerships, and impact of library-led digital projects, online publishing, and scholarly communication initiatives.
This call from the Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication hit my inbox today, and it could be a great opportunity for scholcomm-engaged (or even just scholcomm-interested) folks at CUNY. (You can get a sense of JLSC‘s reviews by browsing past reviews of books, tools, games, courses, etc.)
Call for contributors: Brief Reviews of Books and Products
Would you be interested in helping your community learn about current, important books and products? We are seeking librarians and other scholarly communications professionals to write brief (500-1000 word) reviews of books or products that are relevant to the community. A list of the available items for review is posted online. If you have an idea for a resource that is not listed, email the reviews editors and follow the instructions posted on the Guidelines for Brief Reviews of Books and Products.
Have you written a book or developed a product (platform, tool, software, app, website, etc.) that you would like to see reviewed in JLSC? Please email the reviews editors and we will add it to the list we share with reviewers. Because these reviews are intended to be independent and critical rather than promotional, we do not accept reviews written by authors, publishers, or developers of the work under review.
For further information and guidelines for authors of the Brief Reviews, please see the Guidelines for Brief Reviews of Books and Products. Contact co-editors Carmen Mitchell and Julia Lovett at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Brief Reviews of Books and Products
This section provides a forum for description and critical evaluation of the quality, effectiveness, and value of recent books or products. We welcome reviews of new books on scholarly communication, open access, intellectual property, innovations in publishing, institutional repositories, and other topics within JLSC’s scope. We also accept reviews of products (platforms, tools, websites, software, etc.) that are either new or of growing significance within the scholarly communication community (see 101 Innovations in Scholarly Communication for examples of such products).
Please save the date and/or submit a proposal to speak at the upcoming METRO symposium on open access (and how we want to achieve it). Proposals due August 1!
The Future Is Open Access, but How Do We Get There?: A Symposium
Thursday, September 12, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM EDT
METRO Library Council
599 11th Avenue, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036
Each year, more and more scholarly works are made openly available. Indeed, with European research agencies now coordinating to require immediate open access to publications based on research they fund, predictions about the inevitability of open access may soon come true.
As open access becomes the norm, what decisions will scholars, libraries, and institutions make? Will we reproduce existing power structures, guaranteeing the continued dominance of high-profit publishers and flawed impact metrics? Or will we build something different — community-led publishing on community-owned infrastructure, with legal terms that protect the rights and privacy of authors and readers?
We will explore these questions in a symposium hosted by METRO Library Council on Thursday, September 12. (Full info on Eventbrite.) This event is planned in collaboration with colleagues from the City University of New York.
We are now accepting proposals for presentations, panels, activities, and facilitated discussions relevant to these questions. Possible topics include but are not limited to:
- Scholarly start-ups, business models, and acquisitions
- Library publishing services
- Tensions between readership data and privacy
- Investing in open publishing and/or open infrastructure
- Use and misuse of metrics in faculty evaluation
- Open advocacy inside and outside the library
To submit a proposal, please complete this form by Thursday, August 1. We look forward to hearing from you!