This session will address the impact of digitization on research, writing, publication, and academic career development across the disciplines. It is designed to provide up-to-date information and resources showing how academic work is changing in accord with the digital transformation of communications in all fields, and how we can respond to new opportunities critically and selectively.
Participants will learn what the digital transformation can mean for academic work and careers, including:
What we are learning about today’s “information behavior” among scholars and scientists, from new habits of reading to managing information overload;
Ways to capitalize on new “open access” publishing formats; and
How to prepare for new routines of academic evaluation in hiring, promotion, and tenure incorporating emerging measures (or “altmetrics”) for the impact of academic inquiry.
We will explore work on information science, scholarly publishing, higher education and disciplinary history, Internet and new media studies, and more. Websites featuring resources on research and writing practices, and recent publishing experiments will complement the presentation.