Diverse Voices in the Scholarly Conversation

Blue condenser microphone
Blue condenser microphone

July 4 honors our right to participate in civic conversations.  Let’s celebrate our right to take part in scholarly conversations (Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016).

Women Also Know History is a database of female historians, and Women Also Know Stuff is its political science counterpart.  People of Color Also Know Stuff highlights political scientists of color and their work: This group has a Twitter account as well.  Diverse Sources brings together underrepresented voices in science, health, and the environment.  Gluckman (2018) puts these efforts in context.

We can think of other silenced voices.  For example does the focus on academic journals push aside useful work in trade publications?  Do we forget that students are developing their academic voices, too (Van Hoye, 2018)?

I hope you had a safe and happy 4th.  I wish you rich discussions that include many voices.


Association of College & Research Libraries. (2016). Framework for information literacy for higher education. Retrieved from ACRL website: http://www.ala.org/acrl/standards/ilframework

Gluckman, N. (2018, June 8). Female historians try to end the I-didn’t-know-any-women excuse for men-only panels. Chronicle of Higher Education.  Retrieved from https://www.chronicle.com

Van Hoye, A. (2018, June). Who’s left out of the conversation: The problem of marginalizing students in the scholarly conversation.  College & Research Libraries News, 79(6), pp. 318-320, 330, 336. doi: 10.5860/crln.79.6.318

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