[Irtalk] A better term for "scholarly communication"?

Hilton Gibson hilton.gibson at gmail.com
Wed Jul 8 14:27:46 SAST 2015

Hi Alison,

Just to add by way of an example.
Our implementation of ORCID for researchers was started by the library,
however it is now in the hands of the research office by way of our
IT/research liaison officer
ORCID requires institutional buy-in from the researchers, therefore the
research office seemed to be the natural fit for ownership of the

It seems to me that librarians are averse to becoming active publishers of
content instead of passive consumers. But I believe that scholarly
publishing should become an essential service that future academic
libraries should provide.

Comments very welcome.



*Hilton Gibson*
Ubuntu Linux Systems Administrator
Stellenbosch University Library

On 8 July 2015 at 13:40, Allison Fullard <afullard at uwc.ac.za> wrote:

>  Hi All
> I was following an interesting thread on the discussion list called
> ScholComm.  An individual noted that the term "scholarly communication"
> tends to be used rather loosely to reference a whole range of activities.
> The outcome of the on and off conversation has been posted as a blog by
> Kevin Hawkins at http://www.ultraslavonic.info/blog/?p=89
> What I note is that the term may be used as shorthand for at least 3
> separate concepts and that we could try to apply greater precision.
> Helpfully, some alternative terms are offered for use in particular
> settings.
> "I’m always a bit afraid to use “scholarly” when talking to anyone but a
> humanities scholar since I sense that people in most other fields use
> “scientific” or “research” in these cases. So I like “research
> communication”.
> Something to think about
> Best wishes
> Allison
> Allison Fullard
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