'09-'10 Research without Borders Speaker Series Kicks Off with Women Bloggers Panel

(NEW YORK, September 8, 2009) Join a roundtable discussion, "A Blog of Her Own: Scholarly Women on the Web," on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 12:30 pm in Alfred Lerner Hall Room 555 at Columbia University's Morningside Campus. The event is sponsored by Columbia University's Scholarly Communication Program, the Institute for Research on Women and Gender, and Women in Science at Columbia and will be moderated by Columbia professor and blogger Jenny Davidson.

Hear from the women behind the popular blogs Bitch Ph.D., Tenured Radical, Oh! Industry, and Easternblot.net. Bitch Ph.D. author Tedra Osell is a writer, former English professor, mother, and sometime public intellectual. Claire Potter blogs as Tenured Radical and is a professor of history and American Studies at Wesleyan University. Alexandra T. Vazquez, one of three contributors to the blog Oh! Industry, is an assistant professor at the Center for African American Studies and in the Department of English at Princeton University. Eva Amsen blogs at Easternblot.net and recently completed her Ph.D. in biochemistry at the University of Toronto.

The speakers will discuss the interplay between their blogging and scholarship, attitudes towards blogging among their colleagues, how blogging should be valued in the academy, and blogging as a feminist act. The Columbia community is encouraged to send questions for the bloggers in advance to kp2002@columbia.edu.

This event is free and open to the public. It is the first of six events this academic year in a speaker series on today's pivotal issues in scholarly communication organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. The second panel, The Future of Learned Societies, will take place on October 22, 2009. Subsequent events will focus on open data, open-access business models, and other topics. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. Video will be distributed through the Program's website and Columbia University's iTunesU and YouTube pages. Previous events in the series are available online now. For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research.

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 22 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.