Outside the Four Corners: Exploring Non­-Traditional Scholarly Communication

  • K. Jane Burpee University of Guelph
  • Bobby Glushko University of Toronto
  • Lisa Goddard University of Victoria
  • Inba Kehoe University of Victoria
  • Patricia Moore Carleton University
Keywords: Libraries, , scholarly communication, non­traditional scholarship, digital humanities, data sets, visualization, scholarly video, social media


Traditional outputs of scholarly communication, such as monographs and journal articles are being supplemented by new forms of scholarship, particularly in fields such as digital humanities. Canadian university libraries have long played a role supporting the creation, distribution, and preservation of scholarly objects. That support must be extended to include new formats and modes of scholarly work, such as digital portfolios, non-linear narratives, social media, scholarly video journals, etc. As the means of production and forms of scholarly output diversify, libraries will need to understand the impact of these digital shifts and identify areas where library efforts can have the most influence. This article examines developing areas of non-traditional scholarly communication and discusses implications for members of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL).