Book Channel readers interested in scholarly communications may want to take a look at a new initiative to highlight high-quality library and information science research, particularly open access research, on the open access overlay journal The Idealis (theidealis.org).
From the Web: Using Historical Fiction to Connect Past and Present
Anna Diamond’s article in The Atlantic discusses the use of historical fiction by primary and secondary school teachers to help teach history. Proponents argue that using such texts can help make the past come alive for students and provide students with a narrative they can relate to while also encouraging empathy. The article did caution overly enthusiastic supporters stating:
Yesterday, the African American Intellectual History Society's senior blog editor Keisha N. Blain posted an apology and an explanation about an article on race and imperialism in 1960s Canada by independent scholar Paul Hébert, recently published on the AAIHS blog Black Perspectives.
From the Web: Monograph Output of University Presses 2009-2013
Inside Higher Ed and The Scholarly Kitchen recently reported on a study that suggested there may be a decline in the number of humanities monographs published by university presses. Inside Higher Ed's article notes that if this decline is part of a larger trend it may increase concerns that some presses may need to scale back publications or close production completely. The change in the output of monographs could also affect tenure and promotion decisions,
From the Web: A History of Race and Racism in America, in 24 Chapters
History professor Ibram X. Kendi's essay in the New York Times Book Review highlights works on race and the black experience in his selection of influential books from every decade since the founding of the United States. Kendi writes,
From the Web: The Vitae Bookshelf: Peggy Delmas
Vitae's virtual bookshelf invites scholars to discuss five books that influenced them. This week Peggy Delmas, a researcher of leadership and teacher education at the University of South Alabama, shared her top five books focused on the intersection of gender and leadership. She writes.
“For me, the following five books represent the most reflective and soul-searching works out there on the topic of being-both singly and in combination- a woman and a leader.”
Guest writing for the Scholarly Kitchen, Tony Sanfilippo considers the rapidly changing landscape confronting academic presses. Sanfilippo contemplates the role of peer-review, explores trade book lists, and ruminates on the role of local bookstores.
But now I’m wondering if the disappearance of those community book sanctuaries and the salons and discussions they promoted isn’t yet another factor in creating a citizenry that can’t tell fact from fiction, the truth from a lie.
From the Web: Reimagining the Monograph
JSTOR Labs is reimagining how scholars interact with digital monographs. They have produced a white paper entitled "Reimagining the Digital Monograph: Design Thinking to Build New Tools for Researchers." Here is an excerpt on their research from the working draft of their white paper:
From the Web: Adam Fitzgerald’s 75 Books For The Next Four Years: Writers Recommend Necessary Reading for Inauguration Day and Beyond
As the United States held the inauguration for the nation’s new president, Literary Hub asked writers for their reading recommendations for inauguration day and beyond. Author, Adam Fitzgerald noted, in his thanks to the writers who responded, the importance of continuing to inform ourselves and others.