Library Instruction West 2020
Seattle, Washington
July 22-24
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Friday, July 24 • 9:30am - 10:45am
Frames of Reference: Examining “Scholarly” Concepts and Encouraging Alt Sources to Faculty

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This lesson plan demonstration/small group discussion will focus on the concept of “scholarly” sources within the context of research assignments created by academic faculty, and provide attendees with strategies on how to discuss alternative sources, or alt sources, as options with faculty.

Generated from discussions in a workshop seires, this session will open with a discussion of what librarians, academic faculty, and students understand as “scholarly” information. Traditionally, “scholarly” information has referred to peer-reviewed academic journals, and the implicit understanding is that “scholarly” information is often superior to or more reliable than non-scholarly information. While there is some benefit to the processes of peer review, the discussion of “scholarly” information has neglected to acknowledge the facts of information privilege within the academic publishing framework and how this affects information by and about marginalized communities. This session will discuss research appropriation, oppression in academia, and other factors that have led to the current state of academic publishing, and transition into a conversation about how scholarly materials are framed within disciplinary lesson plans and how alt sources can be substituted. The session will provide librarians with strategies for discussing alt sources with faculty, and contextualizing how alt sources (such as online testimonials, videos, Twitter exchanges, and personal blogs) can contain more valuable, authoritative information when discussing marginalized groups.


Friday July 24, 2020 9:30am - 10:45am AST
MGH 238 (Seats 35)

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