The Scholarly Communication department is excited to share that the Journal of Academic Advising (JAA), a recently launched open access publication, has published its first issue. This journal focuses on fostering interdisciplinary communication and collaboration between academic advising professionals through the publishing of research relating to different aspects of advising. The publication of the first issue coincides with NACADA’s annual national conference for academic advisors, where JAA editorial staff will participate in two special sessions: “Expanding Scholarship in Advising Through a New Journal” and “So You Want to be a Scholar: Fostering a Research Environment.”
JAA’s inaugural issue focuses on sustainability and innovation in academic advising, a theme that is highlighted in Cheryl Wanko’s “Advising for Sustainability: A Challenge.” Wanko, an English professor and the chair of the Committee for Advising Excellence at West Chester University, asks how universities and advising can “cultivate more sustainable behaviors and life perspectives to help alter our culture’s self-destructive course” (p. 7), and how daily advising practices can promote awareness of environmental sustainability efforts. Kay S. Hamada, Assistant Specialist and Academic Advisor at the University of Hawai’i Mānoa, also contributed to JAA’s first issue with an article entitled “A Conceptual Framework for Disruptive Innovation in Advising.” Hamada discusses the various ways in which advancements in technology and other services necessitate changing how advising practices are approached. She terms this innovation as being “disruptive” because it often alters the theories and frameworks that have helped create existing practices.
The Journal of Academic Advising asks important questions about the impact that advisers and advising can have, outside of their traditional roles. JAA is completely open access, providing an audience for the content that may extend beyond the field of advising. The Scholarly Communication Department looks forward to the ideas and perspectives that this journal will bring to the table in further issues.
The Scholarly Communication Department welcomes our new Open Scholarship Diversity Resident this week – Willa Liburd Tavernier. Willa is the IU Libraries’ first Diversity Resident. She will be working with the Scholarly Communication Department and IU Press to advocate for and assess the impact of policies and practices that make research, educational materials, and data, openly accessible.
Willa’s current research interests include investigating the underlying theoretical basis for open scholarship, and critical information literacy. Before joining IU, Willa worked as a student specialist at the University of Iowa conducting bibliographic analysis of open access funded research and assisting with administration of the institutional repository.
Willa earned her MLIS from the School of Library and Information Science at the University of Iowa together with a Graduate Certificate in College Teaching. She also holds a Master of Laws from American University Washington College of Law, a Legal Education Certificate from Norman Manley Law School and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of the West Indies at Cave Hill.
Please join us in welcoming Willa to the IU Libraries!
Join us in welcoming two new graduate student assistants to the Scholarly Communication Department! We are thrilled to have Allison Nolan and Brian Watson join our team. Both Allison and Brian are new master’s students in the Information and Library Science (ILS) Program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering.
Allison Nolan received her Bachelor of Arts in English and Humanities from Valparaiso University in 2017. She worked for three years in the Valparaiso University Christopher Center library as the Marketing Student Assistant. In addition to working with the IU Library Scholarly Communications Department, she is also the Center Supervisor for the Teter residence hall library.
Brian Watson is a historian of sexuality and the book. After winning several awards for his MA thesis, he expanded it into a full-length monograph which was featured on Conan O’Brien and elsewhere. He is a moderator for the world’s largest academic history forum, AskHistorians, and an editor and host of its podcast. He plans to focus on the interactions of humanities, archives and the digital world throughout his time at IU. He is also currently working on his next book, which focuses on the historiography of sexuality research.
We look forward to working with Allison and Brian. We can’t wait to see what they accomplish during their time at IU!