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Scholarly Practice in the Digital Age

Friday, December 5, 2008

Abstract

Presentation at the 2008 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Symposium, December 4, 2008, in Boca Raton, Florida, by Paul N. Courant, University Librarian and Dean of Libraries, University of Michigan-Ann Arbor. Information technology ought to be an unambiguous boon to scholarship and teaching. It makes it easier than ever to find and to use prior work, to obtain comments and criticism (constructive and other­wise), and to provide high-quality copies of original material to broad audiences, including students. Yet there is widespread concern that traditional scholarly methods are put at risk by easy searches online. The stakes are very high. Scholarly method is more important than ever when some answer to almost any question is quickly available online. And if we are able to combine old values and methods with the best of new technologies, we can transform teaching, learn­ing, and the academy generally for the better. Both the best and the worst of times look to be available. What will it take to choose the best?

How to Cite This Work: Courant, Paul N. "Scholarly Practice in the Digital Age." Presentation at the 2008 EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research (ECAR) Symposium, Boca Raton, FL, December 5, 2008, available from http://www.educause.edu/ecar.

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