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Julia Blixrud

Brown-Bag Discussion Guide Series: Issues in Scholarly Communication

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Revised & Updated May 2008

The scholarly communication system is changing rapidly. An increasing number of librarians across job categories are being asked to engage in outreach to campus faculty and other stakeholders in these issues. Informal discussions among library staff can be a good way for staff to deepen their knowledge of key topics, learn from one another, and track changing perspectives.

This series of Discussion Leader's Guides can serve as a starting point for a single discussion or for a series of conversations. Each guide offers prework and discussion questions along with resources that provide further background for the discussion leader of an hour-long session.

Using the discussion guides, library leaders can launch a program quickly without requiring special expertise on the topics. A brown-bag series could be initiated by a library director, a group of staff, or by any staff person with an interest in the scholarly communication system. The only requirements are the willingness to organize the gatherings and facilitate each meeting's discussion.

Each guide is a freely available four-panel PDF that can be printed front-to-back on a single sheet of paper and then folded into a brochure.