PhD Fellowships in Scholarly Communication

Cassidy Sugimoto cassidysugimoto at GMAIL.COM
Wed Sep 24 15:43:10 EDT 2014

The School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington
seeks to recruit a cohort of four exceptional doctoral students with
interest in issues related to scholarly communication for the IDEASc
fellowship program, funded by the Institute for Museum and Library Services
(IMLS) and hosted by the Department of Information and Library Science
(ILS) and the University Libraries at Indiana University Bloomington (IUB).
IDEASc – Integrated Doctoral Education with Application to Scholarly
Communication – is a fellowship program designed to further scholarship and
practice in the area of scholarly communication by integrating practical
experience in the library with the research and classroom experiences that
comprise the traditional education of doctoral students. Fellows will be
provided with intensive mentoring, wide-ranging opportunities to work and
conduct research in scholarly communication, and comprehensive training in
pedagogy, curricular development, and in-class instruction. Our efforts are
motivated by an awareness of the complex transformations of library roles
in the scholarly communication environment and the increasing need to
educate future LIS faculty with an integrated understanding of research and
practice to meet the needs of future MLS students.

Doctoral fellows will receive a stipend of $23,000, health insurance,
tuition, travel assistance, and funding for publication in an open access
journal for three consecutive years as part of this program. They will also
have an opportunity to work in the library with experienced and innovative
librarians and with leading faculty studying the diverse range of issues
related to scholarly communication. Potential topics of interest include,
but are not limited to, digital libraries, scientometrics, intellectual
property, metadata, social media metrics, university presses, data
curation, digital humanities, scholarly publishing, institutional
repositories, and copyright. Additional information can be found on the
project website:

Indiana University Bloomington is particularly well-situated to support
this proposal given its campus-wide focus on issues of scholarly
communication as well as the strengths of both the Indiana University
Bloomington Libraries and the Department of Information and Library Science
in this domain. This is a time of systemic change in how institutions
create, sustain, and provide access to information, and libraries and LIS
professionals are uniquely situated to influence the direction of this
change. The project will graduate doctoral students who are not only
familiar with issues of scholarly communication but will also, as leaders
in the field, understand scholarly communication from the varying
perspectives of practice, education, and research.

Applicants will need to apply to and meet the requirements for the ILS
Ph.D. program. Information on the Ph.D. application process can be found on
the departmental website ( Students will
additionally be asked to send their personal statement, writing sample, and
CV/resume directly to Dr. Cassidy R. Sugimoto (sugimoto [at] *Applications
should be received by January 1, 2015 for full consideration.*

Cassidy R. Sugimoto, PhD
Assistant Professor
School of Informatics and Computing
Indiana University Bloomington
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