The OER+SC project team of Maria, Will, and Josh are in active development of an openly-licensed introduction to our profession, to be published by ACRL in 2021. Scholarly Communication and Open Culture was conceived as an open textbook of scholarly communication librarianship, which we hope may be a vehicle to increase instruction on SC topics in LIS programs, as well as serve as a resource for continuing education. The idea of the book was the cornerstone of our initial collaboration, and we’ve discussed it with and benefited from feedback from so many valued colleagues and mentors, so it’s very exciting to see it coming to fruition.

The book will consist of three Parts. Part 1 defines scholarly communication and scholarly communication librarianship, and provides an introduction to the social, economic, technological, and legal backgrounds that underpin and shape scholarly communication work in libraries. Part 2 begins with an introduction to “open”, broadly conceived. We’re privileged to be working with four amazing section editors, who are developing sections on different permutations and practices of open. Read more about them and their vision for their sections below:

Part 3 consists of twenty six concise perspectives, intersections, and case studies from practicing librarians and closely related stakeholders, which we hope will stimulate discussion and reflection on theory and implications for practice. A CFP for Part 3 was issued in November 2019, and closed in mid-January. For an early overview of outcomes, see “Voices from the Field” CFP Results. We’re really excited by the authors and ideas they’re bringing to the project!

We hope this text will provide a foundation for LIS courses that center scholarly communication topics, or supplement other curricular areas as they intersect with scholarly communication. We have a short list of LIS instructors eager to pilot, and we’re eager to learn from their experience (and that of their students). Please contact us at any time if you’re interested in contributing or providing feedback.