May 17, 2022

KU Libraries, North Carolina State University Libraries, and Illinois School of Information Sciences Awarded $247,000 IMLS Grant For “Scholarly Communications Notebook (SCN)” Project

From the University of Kansas Libraries:

The University of Kansas Libraries, along with North Carolina State University Libraries and Illinois School of Information Sciences, are pleased to announce a $247,128 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

KU Libraries and their partners will develop, populate and pilot the Scholarly Communications Notebook (SCN) — an open educational resource index and repository. The SCN will serve as the location for an active, inclusive, empowered community of practice for teaching scholarly communications to early-career librarians.

“Scholarly communication norms and practices are evolving so quickly, with massive implications for the academy and its libraries,” said Josh Bolick, scholarly communications librarian and co-author of the SCN proposal. “We hope the SCN will serve as a hub of teaching and learning content that library schools can leverage to keep up with the shifting demand and position early career librarians to actively participate in the shift towards more open practices.”


Will Cross, director of the Copyright & Digital Scholarship Center at NC State Libraries, and Maria Bonn, associate professor and MS/LIS Program Director at Illinois School of Information Sciences, co-authored the grant proposal and will lead the SCN effort at their universities.

“KU Libraries are proud to be leaders in the scholarly communication and open access realm,” said Kevin L. Smith, dean of libraries. “The generous IMLS grant will allow for the creation of an open educational repository that will have a lasting impact in the library community.”

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From University Libraries and Illinois School of Information Sciences: “Bonn and Colleagues Receive IMLS Grant for Scholarly Communications Notebook”

SCN will be an open educational resource index and repository that will serve as the location for an active, inclusive, empowered community of practice for teaching scholarly communications to emerging librarians. The project’s investigators have a book forthcoming from ACRL Publications intended to support education and training for scholarly communication librarianship. SCN will complement this book with examples of more modular and focused content, such as case studies, exercises, videos, and games.

“In our many conversations with friends and colleagues, we’ve been regularly reminded of the limitations of a book, even an openly licensed one, and realized the need for a more inclusive, collaborative hub of open learning content to support and expand instruction in scholcomm topics,” [Associate Professor and MS/LIS Program Director, Maria] Bonn said. “At first, this content will mostly come from  the community of practice, but we hope that over time, LIS faculty and students will start to feed content back into it so that it becomes a rich, collaborative multi-stakeholder community of mutual support and encouragement.”

According to Bonn, several faculty members have agreed to pilot this resource and invite their students to complete coursework that will culminate in contributions centering their own voices and experiences. The investigators also plan to offer financial support to contributors with an eye to recruiting the stories and experiences of “scholcommies” from a broad range of institutions and intersectional identities, to bring in diverse perspectives.

“We’re really excited about this opportunity to use open pedagogy to build a more active and inclusive community around teaching and practicing scholarly communication,” Bonn said.

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See Also: Read the Grant Proposal

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