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Campus faculty welcomed to publishing 'salons'

Feb. 21, 2013

In July 2012, IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel announced the creation of a new Office of Scholarly Publishing headed by Carolyn Walters. The new office -- an umbrella organization for IU Press, IUScholarWorks, and several related university initiatives -- is intended to create a model of effective, sustainable 21st-century academic publishing.

After several months of preparation for the IU Press to move into the Wells Library in March, the Provost and the advisory committee to the Office of Scholarly Publishing are launching a series of campus meetings to gather information and ideas about the future of academic publishing.


The provost introduced a campuswide forum on Feb. 20 focusing on just that: academic publishing now and in the future. The advisory committee to the Office of Scholarly Publishing is following that forum with a series of smaller “salons” to engage IU Bloomington faculty in conversation.

“We’re eager to sit down and hear from faculty on two questions,” said Ruth Stone, associate vice provost in the Office of the Vice Provost for Research at IU Bloomington and chair of the Office of Scholarly Publishing’s Advisory Committee.

“One, how are faculty consuming academic and research information, and two, how do they want their own information and creations disseminated? Do they rely mainly on the Internet and web?” Stone said. “Large-scale databases? Books? There are lots of changes going on in academic publishing, and we really want to understand where our faculty are moving in consuming and disseminating academic work.”

Three salons are scheduled, occurring on February 25 (with a focus on arts and humanities disciplines), March 4 (sciences) and March 18 (social and historical sciences).

Members of the advisory committee will host the salons. The advisory committee is also planning a one-day conference for September featuring experts in the field of scholarly publishing.

Stone says the committee is keen to gather and share as much information as possible. “We want to help influence and shape the Office of Scholarly Publishing in the ways that best serve the faculty across our campus,” she said.

Salons on academic publishing

Arts and Humanities, hosted by Professor Ted Striphas
Monday, Feb. 25, 2013
1:30-3 p.m.
Faculty Room, University Club IMU

Sciences, hosted by Professor Jason Jackson
Monday March 4, 2013
1:30-3 p.m.
Walnut Room IMU
Social and Historical Sciences, hosted by Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, John Lucaites
Monday March 18, 2013
1:30-3 p.m.
Faculty Room, University Club IMU

Additional members of the inaugural advisory board are:

  • Julie Bobay (ex officio member), associate dean for collection development and scholarly communications, IU Libraries
  • Jason Jackson, associate professor of folklore, Department of Folklore and Ethnomusicology
  • John Lucaites, associate dean for arts and humanities, College of Arts and Sciences
  • Janet Rabinowitch (ex officio member), director, IU Press
  • Ted Striphas, associate professor and director of graduate studies, Department of Communication and Culture
For more information, contact advisory committee Chair Ruth Stone stone@indiana.edu.