ERIC Number: ED409830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
New Connections for Scholars: The Changing Missions of a Learned Society in an Era of Digital Networks. ACLS Occasional Paper No. 36.
Bennett, Douglas C.
New digital technologies will allow long-standing missions of learned societies to be performed in new ways. Modern learned societies are national networks of scholars and educators with professional interests in a single field or discipline. This document discusses functions of learned societies including: identity (formal recognition for one's field of study as well as individual professional identity for members); information sharing and communication among members; scholarly publications; and professional services (directories of members, job listings, and guides to graduate study). Other topics include: the context of disconnection among scholars in higher education; the changing roles of learned societies in a digital age; and roles for the American Council of Learned Societies. Critical issues identified for assuring optimal usage of connections made more easily with digital technology are: quality and integrity; common formats and standards; preservation; intellectual property; and academic freedom. Learned societies are well-positioned to use new technology to contribute to significant changes underway in the world of scholarship and higher education involving internationalization, interdisciplinarity, and interactive learning. (SWC)
Descriptors: Academic Freedom, Change Agents, Collegiality, Computer Mediated Communication, Higher Education, Institutional Role, Intellectual Disciplines, Intellectual Property, Peer Relationship, Preservation, Professional Associations, Professional Development, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Scholarship, Standards, Technological Advancement
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY.