The Elephant Roundup (July 2021)

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An occasional newsletter from Feeding the Elephant: A Forum for Scholarly Communications.

Publishing Models

  • Rick Anderson “Pluralism vs. Monoculture in Scholarly Communication, Part 2,” Scholarly Kitchen, July 8, 2021,

    • "...none of these models fails to provide real and concrete benefits — and none of them is without serious weaknesses and flaws. This is the problem with picking one model or suite of models — such as open scholarship — talking up its benefits, discouraging discussion of its costs, and then urging campus leadership to adopt it as the model that should be universally encouraged..."


The Writing Process


Research Libraries

  • Research Libraries UK and Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), “The role of academic and research libraries as active participants and leaders in the production of scholarly research,” June 2021,

    • "...the report takes an inclusive definition of libraries, which includes archives, special collections, museums and galleries. The report provides a detailed overview of the current role of academic and research libraries as partners and leaders of research, their potential to enhance these roles, and the barriers they might face in doing so. [...] Combined, the report and case studies offer one of the most comprehensive accounts of the role of libraries as research partners and leaders, and are the result of an extensive series of consultations with libraries, academics, research managers, university leaders and funders."


Work-Life Balance

  • Guðmundur D. Haraldsson Jack Kellam, “Going Public: Iceland’s journey to a shorter working week,” June 2021,

    • “In 2015 and 2017, in response to campaigning by trade unions and civil society organisations, two major trials of a shorter working week were initiated by Reykjavík City Council and the Icelandic national government. These eventually involved over 2,500 workers — more than 1% of Iceland’s entire working population — many of which moved from a 40-hour to a 35- or 36-hour working week. [...] Results summarised in this report, based on both qualitative and quantitative data, demonstrate the transformative positive effects of a shorter working week for both employees and businesses alike.”


Digital Humanities (To Bookmark)

  • Digital Humanities Research Institute Curriculum Website,

    • "The Digital Humanities Research Institute (DHRI) curriculum features workshops, tutorials, glossaries, resources, reading materials, and more that have been developed at The Graduate Center, City Univerity of New York since 2016. Part of a 2019 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities (ODH), DHRI's curriculum, which was originally developed for in-person workshops, was revised in Summer 2020 to better meet the needs of virtual instruction due to the covid-19 pandemic. While the curriculum has always been available openly on GitHub, this site creates a more user-friendly and functional interface that is open and free for public use."


ICYMI on the Elephant

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