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Blogging for Tenure

Very brief mention in the Nov. 8 LibVib podcast about scholarly blogging. The interview discusses how using a blog can provide immediate feedback on new work and ideas, and sideways talks avout the preference in academia to "get it out first." It also discusses how the advent of the electronic journal (I would argue open access journals as well) has changed the "publish or perish" environment and that blogging is the next logical step, as well as how librarians should be leading the way.

I find this a fascinating alternative to the blogosphere fearmongering The Chronicle of Higher Education is so fond of--they like to print some article about how an academic loses their job or gets punished for blogging about every six months or so.

At this point I don't think there is even a decent argument that blogging should not be part of social academic discourse. Given the number of really good scholarly blogs out there it is truly silly. I do think there is logic in CYA on some topics because, let's face it, academia is such a "play by the rules" type game anyway, but over all I see no reason why an academic blog couldn't be submitted as professional work.

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