I am not as fast a reader as Josha Kim (how does he do it?) but I’ve finally finished two books that have lingered on Mount TBR* for too long – and they made such interesting companions! Both examine the role of technology in our scholarly lives and, by coincidence, focus on students and faculty at schools that are part of the City University of New York.

The first is Being a Scholar in the Digital Era: Transforming Scholarly Practice for the Public Good by Jessie Daniels and Polly Thistlethwaite, both of the CUNY Graduate Center. Daniels, a professor of sociology and critical social psychology and Thistethwaite, the chief librarian at the Graduate Center, collaborated (with many others) on JustPublics@365, a project that brought together scholars, journalists, activists, and community members in order to explore Being a Scholar in the Digital Era “scholarly communication for the public good.”


Read More