Being a Scholar in the Digital Era: Transforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good

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Policy Press, Jul 29, 2016 - Education - 170 pages
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What opportunities do digital technologies present? How do developments in digital media support scholarship and teaching yet further social justice? Written by two experts in the field, this accessible book is the first to look at scholarly practice in the digital era and consider how it can connect academics, journalists and activists in ways that foster transformation on issues of social justice. The terra firma of scholarly practice is changing. This book offers both a road map and a vision of what being a scholar can be when reimagined in the digital era to enliven the public good, as it discusses digital innovations in higher education as well as reflecting upon what these mean in an age of austerity. It is ideal for students and academics working in any field of humanities or social sciences with a social justice focus.

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Two Being a scholaractivist then and now
Three Opening education and linking it to community
Four Acting up opening up knowledge
Five Training scholars for the digital era
Six Measuring scholarly impact
Seven The future of being a scholar

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Jessie Daniels is Professor at Hunter College and The Graduate Center (CUNY). She is an internationally recognized expert in digital sociology and on the Internet manifestations of racism. Daniels is the author of two books about race and various forms of media. Daniels conceived of JustPublics@365, an initiative intended to reimagine scholarly communication in the digital era for the public good. She is co-founder and editor for the scholarly blog, RacismReview (, which she has maintained since 2007. Forbes Magazine named her one of "20 Inspiring Women to Follow on Twitter." You can find her on Twitter: @JessieNYC. Polly Thistlethwaite is Professor and Chief Librarian at The Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY) where she has worked since 2002. Prior to this, she worked at Colorado State University, Hunter College, New York University, Yale, and the University of Illinois. Polly introduced an institutional repository to CUNY for scholars to self-archive their work to make it accessible to readers around the world. Her partnership with the JustPublics@365 project that promotes scholarship for the public good constitutes an inevitable alliance of confluent missions and sensibilities.

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