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Scholarly Communications at Georgia Southern University

Resources and services to support faculty and graduate students' scholarly work from conception to publication and promotion

Scholarly Communications Newsletter - January/February 2023

Upcoming Scholarly Communications Workshops

Metaliteracy: Scholarly Communications (MSC) Badge Track - Spring 2023

Upcoming Workshops in January and February

The Metaliteracy: Scholarly Communications (MSC) badge track assists faculty and graduate students with  building knowledge of and skills in Scholarly Communications. Workshops will cover topics  throughout the research and publication lifecycle: author identifiers and scholarly profiles; journal quality and  impact; author metrics and impact; author rights & scholarly publication; and data management planning and curation services.

Workshops will be offered as synchronous Zoom sessions. You may register on the Faculty Center's Training Page or via the links below:

  • Your Research Identity: Identifiers and Profiles, Facilitator: Ruth Baker (Jan. 24 & Jan. 25)
  • Introduction to SciENcv for Federal Grant Applicants, Facilitators: Jeff Mortimore, Ruth Baker (Jan. 31Feb. 1, Feb. 7Feb. 8)
  • Evaluating Journal Quality & Impact, Facilitator: Ruth Baker (Feb. 21 & Feb. 22)
  • Author Metrics and Impact, Facilitator: Beth Burnett (Feb. 28)

For descriptions of these workshops, and the complete schedule, please visit our Scholarly Communications workshops page: or the Faculty Center's Training Page

If you are unable to attend any of these scheduled workshops, please contact the Scholarly Communications Librarian, Ruth Baker, to arrange an individual consultation.

Authors Lounge Celebration for 2023


The 2nd GS Authors Lounge Celebration will be held in March 2023. We will be celebrating the Georgia Southern community publications in 2022. 

Georgia Southern University faculty, staff, students, and alumni can continue to identify their works from 2022 for recognition in the 2023 celebration using this FormEligible works are published articles, books, book chapters, special issues of journals, substantive encyclopedia entries, poetry, musical compositions, audio recordings, film/video recordings, and art exhibition catalogs.

If you would like to bypass the form and submit your list of publications or a CV, please send it to Dr. Katia G. Karadjova (, Associate Dean of Libraries for Research & Assessment.

Open Educational Resources (OER) Update

The United States Congress has passed $12 million in renewal funding for the Open Textbook Pilot grant program! This represents the largest annual appropriation yet for the program, and will support new open textbook grants this year. 

Run by the U.S. Department of Education, the Open Textbook Pilot supports projects that expand the use of open textbooks in order to save students money and improve learning outcomes. This year's $12 million brings the total amount of funding to a significant $47 million over six years. Projects funded by the grant program are expected to save students more than $220 million on textbook costs, with even more to come.

More information will follow as it becomes available.  Prospective grantees can refer to the 2022 notice for planning purposes since the structure and timing of a new competition is likely to be similar.


Also include the OER Workshop Schedule:

Please contact Nikki Rech ( in the University Libraries with any questions/concerns. 

News from ICPSR

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[IMLS National Forum Webinar Session #1]

Evaluating Data Quality: Challenges and Competencies

January 26th (Thursday), 2023

2:00-3:30 PM EST; 1:00-2:30 PM CST; 12:00-1:30 PM MST; 11:00-12:30 AM PST


Imagine you’re the librarian asked to help a researcher find and use data for their project. What are your next steps to ensure no data quality problems surface? Join data librarians from Princeton (Bobray Bordelon), Stanford (Ron Nakao), and Yale (Barbara Esty) for an introduction to building competencies for understanding and evaluating data quality. Documentation is a fundamental complement to usable data. Without good documentation, data has little, if any, value. The trio will describe the data-focused reference interview, discuss different sources of data, review examples of data documentation, and offer strategies for handling incomplete or inaccurate documentation. This session will prime attendees to the challenges librarians encounter with data quality issues and provide adaptable techniques for identifying and addressing these challenges. 

 Register Here!

 This webinar commences the 7 National Forum Series in Building Capacity of Academic Librarians in Evaluating Data Quality. This project is organized by West Chester University, Stanford University, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (RE-252357-OLS-22). Find future webinars and project details at


$150k in scholarships available!

ICPSR Summer Program scholarships provide fee waivers to attend our 2023 summer three-week sessions. Available either in person or online, each workshop in these sessions covers the equivalent of a semester-long class, accelerating and strengthening skills in statistics, data analysis, and quantitative methods. 2023 scholarships are now open!

All applications for ICPSR scholarships are due by 11:59PM EST, February 1, 2023.

ICPSR  also offers scholarships in partnership with other organizations, please check their Scholarships page for information about all of our available funding opportunities.

List of scholarships and information

Required materials may differ slightly for some scholarships, but generally to apply you will need:

  • Cover letter stating research interests and how the Summer Program will contribute towards your degree or research goals

  • Current CV

  • Two letters of recommendation

Apply now!

Check out these New Releases and Listen to Data Brunch, ICPSR's podcast with:

  • Stories about data, the people who use, seek, or create data, and why you should care. From ICPSR, the world's largest social science data archive. Proudly recorded at the University of Michigan.

    Subscribe now and never miss an episode. You can listen on SoundcloudSpotify, or Apple Podcasts.

  • Also, be sure to check out the latest ICPSR Bulletin.

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