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ERIC Number: ED409830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1041-536X
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Council of Learned Societies, New York, NY.