The Latest on Scholarly Communication

June 16, 2011 | News

CUNY was one of five institutions across the U.S. selected by the Association of College and Research Libraries to host the program “Scholarly Communication 101: Starting with the Basics.” The prestigious full day program, underwritten and presented by the ACRL, was held at Brooklyn College on Friday, June 3, 2011.  Led by a national team of experts selected by the ACRL, the event was attended by nearly 70 faculty and staff from CUNY and New York Metro Area libraries.

CUNY’s successful application to become a host institution was compiled and submitted by a 10-member task force led by Bronwen Densmore, Instructional Design Librarian at New York City College of Technology, and John Carey, Head Librarian of the Health Professions library at Hunter College. The task force also administrated the event.

Program topics included:

  • New methods of scholarly publishing and communication
  • Copyright and intellectual property
  • The economics of scholarly publishing and communication
  • Open access and openness as a principle

“CUNY was selected in part because of its past work in the areas of scholarly communication and open access,”  said Curtis Kendrick, University Dean for Libraries and Information Resources. “At CUNY and at other universities, these issues have increased in importance. This trend is in part due to the economic conundrum confronting academic libraries: the cost of materials is increasing while budgets, particularly at publicly supported universities, are decreasing. As significant, perhaps, developments in scholarly communication also affect other areas of concern for librarians such as copyright, interlibrary loan, and information literacy.”