Contribute to Open Peer Review for an LIS Textbook

Hi, Hack Library School readers! My name is Brianna Marshall and I am excited to be contributing a guest post for HLS. I was a HLS writer and managing editor from 2012-2014, and sharing ideas and connecting through this platform was one of my most treasured experiences during my time in graduate school. 

Today, I am writing to invite you to participate in the open peer review process for Scholarly Communication Librarianship and Open Culture: Law, Economics, and Publishing (ACRL, forthcoming 2021), edited by Josh Bolick, Maria Bonn, and Will Cross. This book was conceived as an open (CC-BY-NC) introduction to scholarly communication work in academic libraries, a growth area within the profession that deals with issues like copyright and fair use, scholarly publishing, open access, open education, open data, and open science. I am the editor for the Open Data section, which is being opened up for open peer review through October 25. I want to make sure the invitation for LIS graduate students to participate in reviewing is explicit, not only for my section but the other portions that will be opened up as well. Other parts of the book will be shared for open review in the coming months. We need your feedback! 

Maybe I should share a bit of context about myself and why I feel so strongly about this open textbook. I graduated with my Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science degrees in 2014 from the Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing. In some ways I still feel like a new LIS grad, but alas, with each year that passes I have to reckon with the fact that I am further and further from that! I have even started to have meandering conversations with my peers about whether we are early career or mid-career. Clearly, this makes it all the more critical to have current and recent LIS student perspectives on this textbook, starting with the section I edited. We hope you’ll consider sharing your unique perspective and insight. 

While I was in graduate school, I was interested in academic librarianship but didn’t really know in what type of role or institution I might end up in. I was looking at jobs with a variety of titles, all with a digital tie-in: archivist, librarian, specialist, coordinator. As I continued my library school career, I honed in to the broad area of support for digital research. I took the relevant classes if I could but I intentionally prioritized my jobs over my class schedule, with each semester’s schedule a puzzle and constant juggling act. The classes I learned the most from had a really practical bent, with realistic projects and lots of applications for future practitioners. I was able to take some special topics courses in digital scholarship and scholarly communication but I felt that I was mostly scavenging for information on my own. While I would argue that you should be looking beyond your program anyway as a graduate student, I am passionate about this resource because it will hopefully make it easier for LIS schools to build courses around scholarly communication and/or create a valuable resource for self-directed learning. And although this blog post is written for current and recent students, I have to admit that this OER will be useful for anyone at any stage of their career to learn about these topics! Scholarly communication is an ever-changing landscape and I can’t wait to dive into the other sections myself and learn a thing or two. 

Beyond raising your awareness about the terrific in-progress OER + Scholcomm project, my immediate invitation is for you to share your feedback on the Open Data section. As a reminder, the peer review period for this section closes on October 25. You can access each chapter using the link below: 

  1. Introduction to Open Data by Cameron Cook
  2. Managing, Sharing, and Publishing Data by Susan Ivey, Sophia Lafferty-Hess, Peace Ossom-Williamson, & Katie Wilson
  3. Supporting Reproducible Research by Gabriele Hayden, Tisha Mentnech, Franklin Sayre, & Vicky Steeves 
  4. Ethics of Open Data by Brandon Locke & Nic Weber

Peer review guidelines

We’re using Google Docs, set to allow comments via the links above. When you open the documents, you may see comments in the drafts that indicate areas where the authors would like particular feedback, or noting that they will be making future additions. Some formatting and citation adjustments still need to be made, along with the addition of discussion questions and other supporting materials; however, these drafts represent a close-to-final version of the content as we envision it being published.  

Anonymous review is permitted. Reviewers who wish to have their review acknowledged should sign their review with their preferred spelling. Critical feedback is welcome and appreciated; abusive or combative comments will be deleted and/or ignored. Be the reviewer you wish you had; help make this work the best it can be. Please see our complete reviewer guidelines.

Additional sections will be posted to over the next few months as they are finalized. Thank you in advance to everyone who will take the time to share constructive ideas with us. We appreciate it!

Brianna Marshall is Director of Research Services at the University of California-Riverside. She was formerly Digital Curation Coordinator at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She graduated from Indiana University’s School of Informatics and Computing with a Master of Library Science and Master of Information Science in 2014. Find her on twitter @notsosternlib.

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