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Scholarly communications are evolving rapidly; there are shifts in how research is communicated, what counts for scholarship, and who is doing the communicating. Undergraduates are contributing to the scholarly conversation but with little education in what it means to participate online as a scholar, much less as a global digital citizen. Many faculty members engage in scholarly communication as they always have and are often unaware of the rapid developments in publishing and sharing research. Librarians with responsibilities in publishing, scholarly communication, and instruction are especially challenged to meet these gaps in digital literacy. Publishing undergraduate scholarship can be perceived as a risk to reputation and prospects for both students and faculty. At the Claremont Colleges, the need to address digital literacy gaps and support new forms of scholarship had initially become apparent through mandates for senior thesis publishing in the Claremont Colleges’ online and open access repository Scholarship @ Claremont. This presentation will discuss the digital literacy gap in publishing undergraduate scholarship and opportunities for mitigating risk while benefiting from the evolution of scholarly communication.


2016 Library Publishing Forum panel presentation titled, "Publishing Undergraduate Scholarship: Should you be afraid?" on May 17-19, at the University of North Texas, Denton, Texas.

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