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*UTK London Summer School on Digital Scholarly Communication
London, United Kingdom (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer 1
Budget Sheets Summer 1
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 1 2017 02/01/2017 02/10/2017 06/04/2017 06/17/2017
Fact Sheet:
GPA Requirement:
Field of Study:
Information Sciences
Language of Instruction:
Class Standing:
Language Prerequisite:
Course Prerequisite:
Consent of Instructor
Self-Arranged Program Type: UT Faculty-Directed
Open to non-UTK Students: No
Experience Type:
Study Abroad
Program Description:
This two-week course in London will introduce students to the international scholarly e-publishing industry and explore the publisher’s role in digital scholarly communication including research outputs, publisher-library relations, and how publisher’s change and design scholarly publications for future scholars.

Students will participate in lectures from and discussions with international leaders of scholarly publishing organizations and leading libraries. Each day, students will attend morning presentations and discussions structured in an informal setting but at the same time conducive to a serious learning experience. The course will take advantage of the instructors’ range of connections and afternoons will involve site visits to London’s major publishers and related organizations, such as Elsevier, Sage, Bloomsbury, Oxford University Press, ProQuest, and Ubiquity Press. Full day trips include visits to the British Library, Oxford, and Cambridge.

London Big Ben

All students will attend all lectures and events, normally Monday-Friday, during regular daytime working hours. Occasional evening events may be required as well. Ample time will be available for students to additionally take advantage of this major cultural center and surrounding areas.

 Students will keep a daily journal or blog during the two-week experience. Students are also expected to participate in discussions, read widely on topics in preparation for the trip and afterwards, and complete an individualized research paper building on the class sessions and information gathered for the journal. The course grade will be based on participation in the international experience, the journal, contributions to the discussions, and the final research paper.

Students will receive 3 credit in INSC 590: Problems in Information Sciences: Digital Scholarly Communication. The course is open to all graduate students & seniors eligible for graduate credit.

Course Objectives:
  • To understand the functions and purposes of the scholarly publishing industry and  its relationships to academic libraries
  • To become familiar with the challenges facing the publishing industry now and into the future
  • To understand how scholarly publishers understand the user experience and how they assess the experience of their users with their products
  • To explore potential solutions to challenges and alternatives to conventional publishing in all subject disciplines
  • To meet participants in the scholarly publishing industry
  • To gain an understanding of the international nature of scholarly publishing


The student apartments, facilitated through by Acorn - Accommodation in London, will be located in the Bloomsbury district of London.

London Publishing Group

Faculty Contacts

Dr. Carol Tenopir, Chancellor's Professor, School of Information Sciences (

The program in London will be co-led by Anthony Watkinson, Honorary Lecturer Scholarly Communication, Social Media, Scholarly Outreach, Data at University College London.  Anthony, a scholarly publishing veteran, has led similar summer school programs since 2006.





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