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Scholarly Communication

Our annual Scholarly Communication Symposium is designed to allow an open forum for a wider discussion of how research and scholarship are changing and for continuing University dialogue surrounding initiatives in scholarly communication.

Our Fall Symposium, The Future of First Books, will be held on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 10:00 - 12:00, in the Library's Murray Room.  Learn more about the symposium.

Links to our previous events are below.


Communicating Scholarship in the 21st Century

Friday, April 11, 2014

With speakers:

Jeff Collmann, Ph.D., Dept. of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University (formerly at the Georgtown Law O'Neill Institute for National and Global Health Law)
Ranit Mishori, M.D., M.H.S., Global Health Initiative, Department of Family Medicine, Georgetown University School of Medicine
George E. Shambaugh, IV, M.I.A., M.Phil, Ph.D., Associate Professor of International Affairs and Government, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, (former Chairman of the GU Dept. of Government)
Francis Slakey, Ph.D., Co-Director, Science in the Public Interest (SPI), Upjohn Lecturer on Physics and Public Policy, Georgetown University
and moderator Carol Benedict, Ph.D., Professor and Department Chair, Department of History

This symposium addressed the pressing question of how academic disciplines endure and evolve, and how scholarship is communicated across generations.

Scholarly Uses of the Internet in Science

Friday, November 1, 2013

With panelists Professor Anne Rosenwald, Department of Biology,
Professor Lisa Singh, Department of Computer Science,
and moderator Professor Janet Mann, Departments of Biology and Psychology, Vice Provost for Research

This symposium brought together a panel of experts in computer science and biology to discuss the ways that scientists use the Internet to create knowledge, disseminate and share data and communicate ideas, opinions and concepts. With examples from their own experience, the panelists highlighted some of the greatest opportunities and challenges new technologies offer the sciences.  They also explored the issue of whether the use of the Internet for scholarly communication in science differs from its use in the social sciences or humanities.

Online Courses, Assessment, Certification, and Credit

Friday, April 12, 2013


Lori Breslow, MIT Teaching & Learning Laboratory
Inna Lisker, Berkeley Resource Center for Online Education
John Rinderle, Open Learning Initiative Carnegie Mellon University
Theresa Schlaffly, CNDLS

The spring 2013 symposium focused on a discussion of student learning and assessment in an online environment. This came in the context of the launch of a major campaign to expand Georgetown's technology-assisted learning (ITEL). This new initiative stirred a lively discussion on campus about online learning, and particularly about models for assessment, certification, and credit in massive open online courses. Our symposium brought representatives of some key players in online education to campus, and lets them share their vision, experiences (and evidence!) with our faculty.

Social Media in Academia

Friday, November 2, 2012


Rachel Pugh (GU Office of Communications); Richard Price (CEO, Academia.edu); David Ribes (Georgetown University); Guest of Honor and Moderator: Neeru Paharia (McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University)

At universities, social media enjoy great popularity as tools to connect privately and informally with friends and colleagues. In addition, these tools offer features that allow users to promote and highlight their professional or academic work, to follow the work of others, and even to engage in new types of collaborative research.

This symposium focused on the impact of new information technology on scholarship, and on scholarly networks. It highlighted the ways in which individuals and institutions can harness the power of social media, and provided an overview of Georgetown’s policies and initiatives.

Planning and Promoting the creation of scientific knowledge: Three perspectives

Monday, April 30, 2012


Amy Brand (Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments | HARVARD UNIVERSITY)

Lynne Herndon (Senior Vice President of Global Academic Relations | ELSEVIER)

"I believe that publishers, often with the help of participating researchers, will continue to add value to content by inventing new tools to enhance their workflows. I believe a form of peer review will always exist and that as information proliferates, the need for filtering and curation will also grow. I believe that publishing will be funded in a multitude of ways. And I hope that science will continue to play a major role in scholarship and an increasing one in an informed society."

Micah Altman (Director of Research | MIT Libraries) [License of recording: CC-BY-SA]

"Since knowledge is not a private good, a pure market approach leads to underprovisioning. Planning for access to the scholarly record should include planning for long-term access beyond the life of a single institution. Important problems in scholarly communications, information science & scholarship increasingly require diverse multi-disciplinary approaches."