Scholarship in 140 Characters? Using Social Media in Acquisitions

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Friday, June 19 — 1:45-3:00 pm

Chair: Matt McAdam, Senior Acquisitions Editor, Johns Hopkins University Press

Panelists: Greg Britton, Editorial Director, Johns Hopkins University Press; Lisa Bayer, Director, University of Georgia Press; Lori Emerson, Assistant Professor of English and Director of the Media Archaeology Lab, University of Colorado

Acquiring cutting-edge scholarship requires being where scholars actively discuss and debate their work. Though departmental hallways and academic conferences have long been such spaces, scholars are increasingly sharing and arguing about ideas on social media sites like Facebook and Twitter. This session will explore the role of social media in scholarship and acquisitions. Panelist include editors who currently use social media to learn about new ideas and meet potential authors as well as academics who see intellectual exchanges on sites like Twitter as essential to pursuing their scholarlship. Attendants are encouraged to set up a Twitter account prior to the session.

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