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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!

April 30 Event: Scholarly Communication at CUNY: Keeping Up and Looking Ahead

The LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable invites you to join us at our annual event! This event is open to all LACUNY members.

Scholarly Communication at CUNY: Keeping Up and Looking Ahead​
Tuesday, April 30th, 3-5pm
Graduate Center Room 9207

As austerity funding for CUNY libraries continues, and the unbreachable distance between library budgets and academic journal subscription costs only grows, the LACUNY Scholarly Communications Roundtable invites you to join the open access conversation. We will start by looking at current tools for open access curation, followed by lightning talks about current literature. Finally, we will form breakout groups to imagine our scholarly communication goals (for ourselves, for our libraries, and for CUNY overall), strategize next moves, and start the conversation about collectively manifesting our scholcomm futures.

This event seeks to ask a simple question: what would it look like if CUNY libraries took proactive steps to actualize our scholarly communications goals? Event details:

  • Guest speaker Nicky Agate from The Idealis
  • Lightning Summaries of Scholarly Communication Articles that Excite or Inspire Us (audience participation)
  • Breakout Discussions—Moderated Action Lab

RSVP via Eventbrite