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New open access journal: Communications in Information Literacy! November 29, 2006

Posted by jennimi in Academic Librarianship, Library Related, University at Buffalo.

Colleagues Chris Hollister and Stewart Brower of the University at Buffalo Libraries have initiated a new open access, peer-reviewed journal, Communications in Information Literacy (http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php/cil/index)!

Chris’ talks on the issues of scholarly publication have gotten me (pleasantly) riled up on more than one occasion, and I’m thrilled that this alternative resource will allow him to practice what he’s been preaching for so long. Stewart is an expert on issues related to the “Millenials”.

Best of luck to Chris and Stewart and the entire editorial board (comprised of many of the top scholars in information literacy!). The inaugural issue is due to come out in Spring 2007. See the “Submissions” page here (http://www.comminfolit.org/index.php/cil/about/submissions) for guidelines.

From the call for papers:

“CIL seeks manuscripts on subject matter of interest to professionals in the area of higher education who are committed to advancing information literacy. Manuscripts may be theoretical, research-based, or of a practical nature. Some suggested topics include, but are by no means limited to:

  • Definitions and standards for IL
  • Pedagogies and learning theories
  • Assessment
  • Developing an IL strategy within your institution
  • Designing an IL program
  • Lesson planning
  • Classroom instruction
  • Online instruction
  • Instructional competencies

I will be subscribing, and look forward to tracking (and discussing*) trends and challenges in information literacy knowing that my library can provide this for free. Bravo!

*CIL editors, have you considered a concurrent discussion board for readers to actively discuss the articles and issues? 🙂

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1. washtublibrarian - November 30, 2006

Chris unveiled the site to our Collection Development class on Tuesday — I’m looking forward to seeing it move forward! They’re using Open Journal Systems (OJS), which is a solid platform for publishing that gets rid of a lot of the infrastructure and workflow issues that Library Student Journal has been experiencing. We’re planning a migration to OJS when situations with the Informatics servers are resolved…ugh.

His lecture was excellent — he was discussing the continuing challenge between libraries and scholarly publishing (which he’s been addressing to Rand’s classes for the last few years, as Jennimi can attest to) and devoted the last segment of his presentation (and much of the discussion) to Open Access and other possible solutions to the crisis.

2. jennimi - December 1, 2006

Hey washtub! Glad you enjoyed Chris’ lecture. Last year we all got pretty fired up. Good luck with the LSJ migration… I hope it improves things for all of you. This is too exciting… two fabulous scholarly open access publications out of the UB library science community!

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