The Future is Open: Scholarly Societies and Scholarly Publics

About This Session

Since the seventeenth-century founding of the Royal Society of London, scholarly societies have been dedicated to facilitating communication among their members. For the most part, that communication has taken place through annual meetings and periodical publications. The affordances of the internet, however, have begun to change the ways that members of those societies are connecting with one another, as well as with the broader public. Moreover, calls for public access to the products of scholarly research are increasing, and often seem to be at odds with the membership-based ethos of scholarly societies. The conflict, however, is unnecessary, though its resolution will require significant changes in how we think about scholarly communication and the societies that facilitate it. This talk will explore some of those changes, describing one potential path forward into an increasingly open future.

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Laura Waugh

  • Scholarly Works Repository Librarian, University of North Texas

Laura Waugh is the Scholarly Works Repository Librarian at the University of North Texas. She has been working on the Scholarly Works repository project since it began in 2010. Her research and repository work include open access awareness and sustainability, author rights, data management, and digital curation.

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick

  • Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association
  • Professor (on leave), Media Studies, Pomona College

Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and is on leave from a position as Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California.

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Thursday, May 30, 2013 - 9:00am to 10:00am


Track I: Conference Room A

Communities Foundation of Texas


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