Journal of Librarianship and Scholarly Communication: Call for Reviews of Books/Products

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 jlscreviews@jlsc-pub.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).

CFP: The Future Is Open Access, but How Do We Get There?

Front door of METRO Library Council

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!

Open Science: An Academic Librarian’s Perspective

Open Science logo
Image from Kim Holmberg is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Open Science is a multifaceted notion encompassing open access to publications, open research data, open source software, open collaboration, open peer review, open notebooks, open educational resources, open monographs, citizen science, or research crowdfunding in order to remove barriers in the sharing of scientific research output and raw data (FOSTER). In other words, the goal of the Open Science movement is to make scientific data a public good in contrast to the expansion of intellectual property rights over knowledge propagated by the paywalled dissemination model. Therefore, Open Science is more of a social and cultural phenomenon aiming to recover the founding principles of scientific research rather than an alternative form of knowledge exchange. It is important to emphasize that despite the fact that Open Science is currently most visible in the area of “hard sciences” (due to large data sets generated by high-throughput experiments and simulations), it is not limited to only the STEM fields — it is also applicable to other types of scientific research.

Open access, open educational resources, and open data are the three Open Science components with the biggest impact on academic library services and operations. In that context, academic librarians have to take on new roles to maximize the research and educational potential of digital technologies in order to provide open access to publications and data sets in repositories. Different academic institutions choose different approaches to ensure support for Open Science, but in all instances academic librarians are expected to play a central role by providing leadership, information services, and research data management services — and even by collaborating in research projects at their institutions. They can offer guidance, training, and services not only in the exploratory stage of research, but also in providing metadata and other research data management services, hosting data in repositories, and ensuring their long-term curation and preservation. The challenge is not the technological capacity of such repositories but rather the creation of adequate metadata and policies ensuring sustained access to the data.

In order to support open data-driven research, academic librarians have to expand traditional library services and adopt new data-related roles, which will require expanding their qualifications beyond library science and subject degrees toward information technologies, data science, data curation, and e-science. This will lead to a deep transformation in librarians themselves, making them more technologically savvy, more data oriented, and more active in the research process. This transformation will also have ramifications for those who train the next generation of academic librarians (i.e., graduate library and information science programs), as well as for those who periodically predict the disappearance of libraries — perhaps libraries and librarians will not only survive but thrive by adapting to and taking on the opportunities that arise as a result of the new roles that come along.


FOSTER. (2017). What is Open Science? Introduction.  Retrieved from https://www.fosteropenscience.eu/content/what-open-science-introduction

Stefka Tzanova is Assistant Professor and Science Librarian at York College. She is coordinator of CUNY Academic Works and the OER initiative at York College.