Scholarly Communication Program to Host Christine Borgman on Scholarship in the Digital Age


(NEW YORK, March 3, 2009) Christine Borgman, Professor of Information Studies at UCLA and author of two widely praised books on digital technology and scholarship, will speak at Columbia University on "Scholarship in the Digital Age." The talk, sponsored by Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program, will take place on Tuesday, March 24, 2009, at 3 p.m. in Butler Library Room 203 on Morningside Campus. This event is free and open to the public, though anyone without a Columbia University ID must RSVP to kp2002@columbia.edu.

Borgman is the author of more than 180 publications in the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication, including the award-winning Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000). She is a lead investigator for the Center for Embedded Networked Systems (CENS) at the National Science Foundation (NSF) and chaired the NSF’s Task Force on Cyberlearning.

Today’s research and scholarship is data- and information-intensive, distributed, interdisciplinary, and collaborative. However, the scholarly practices, products, and sources of data vary widely between disciplines. Some fields are more advantaged than others by the array of content now online and by the tools and services available to make use of that content. Borgman's talk will provide an overview of new developments in scholarly information infrastructure, including policy issues such as open access and intellectual property. The event will also address the implications of e-science for cyberlearning, drawn from the NSF Task Force Report, Fostering Learning in the Networked World.

The talk "Scholarship in the Digital Age" is part of an ongoing speaker series on today's pivotal issues in scholarly communication, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, organized by the Scholarly Communication Program of Columbia University Libraries/Information Services. Follow the live event remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. Video of each event will be available on the Scholarly Communication Program site and Columbia University's iTunesU page. For information, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Scholarly Communication Program is an initiative of the Columbia University Libraries/Information Services' Center for Digital Research and Scholarship. Established in April 2008 to encourage discussion about and innovative solutions to scholarly communication issues, the Program aims to support faculty members, librarians, staff, and students as they consider their options for creating, distributing, evaluating, reusing, and preserving new knowledge in a rapidly changing communications environment.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 25 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

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