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Christina's LIS Rant
Saturday, December 27, 2008
  Review: Scholarship in the Digital Age
Borgman, C. L. (2007). Scholarship in the digital age: Information, infrastructure, and the internet. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.


This book is one of the many I'm reading for my comprehensive exams. Borgman does an excellent job distilling numerous research streams and large bodies of work into a well-written book. I highly recommend this book for librarians, computer scientists, domain scientists (and researchers in the humanities or social sciences), and anyone else who is interested in (or works to support) the present and future of scholarly work.

There were some overarching themes that she comes back to repeatedly over the course of the book:
A few other nice bits:
When (hopefully someday) I teach the reference in science and technologies class, I'm going to assign Chapter 4 on scholarly communication. This was a review for me because I've done a lot of reading in the area, but it's a nice summary.

Unfortunately, some of the later chapters seem really redundant. Also, it doesn't seem like she really suggests any concrete ways forward. More research is needed, and she suggests a research agenda, but no way out. (I was hoping - because I don't see how we can do anything revolutionary here vs. evolutionary).

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