The College Library began a tradition of celebrating faculty authorship in 2009 with a series of workshops and a celebration in collaboration with the Teaching and Learning Center. Over the years it has evolved to more accurately reflect on the variety of academic work done here at Geneseo.
The Geneseo Authors Celebration acknowledges and celebrates the work published via traditional avenues, like peer-reviewed articles, contributions to edited volumes, and monographs, but we also look beyond those kinds of work to include academic achievements outside the narrow scope of traditional publishing. We have materials from esteemed traditional academic publishers such as SUNY Press, Rutgers University Press, Palgrave Macmillan, Rowman & Littlefield, and Routledge in addition to our own Milne Library Publishing titles.
This year, for the first time, we are also displaying examples of many other types of “ideas output” in an attempt to highlight the many different ways that people interact with, create, and display information and knowledge both within academia and beyond. The exhibits include 3D printed models, many types of digital projects, paintings, embroidery, advice columns in the popular press, childrens’ books, open source code, and digital interviews, among others.
The Geneseo Authors Celebration occurs annually during Open Access Week and we’ve highlighted many works that are available via KnightScholar, our curated, vibrant, and growing archival database fostering the discovery, access, and sharing of works produced by the SUNY Geneseo community. By depositing a work in KnightScholar Repository, authors make their work openly available to the world and ensure its preservation. More than a third of the articles and books celebrated today are available open access— freely available to all with an internet connection. The authors who supplied us with preprints and postprints, along with those who published in OA journals and with Milne Library Publishing have opened their scholarship to the world, helping to break barriers that otherwise impede access to research. We are proud of the diversity of scholarship and publishing that authors from Geneseo have accomplished in the past year, from faculty as well as students, and we look forward to seeing all that is completed in the coming year.
Acknowledgements: The organizing committee for the Geneseo Authors Celebration 2022 event - Brandon West (chair), Alana Nuth, Alessandra Otero-Ramos, and Tracy Paradis - would like to express their appreciation for all of the people involved in making this event possible. Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs, Karleen West and President Battles presented some remarks acknowledging the unique nature of scholarship at Geneseo; Alana Nuth, Donna Hanna, and Liz Argentieri worked hard to get books delivered to the library in time for this event; Liz Argentieri, Donna Hanna, Leah Root, and Allison Brown helped set up the Hunt Room and Becky Leathersich acted as greeter; Tracy Paradis coordinated the exhibit in the Kinetic Gallery; Alessandra Otero-Ramos designed the invitations, bookmarks, and posters; Heather Weber in the Provost's office reserved the CAS catering and Joanne Kamal ordered supplies; and our Library Director, Corey Ha, for his enthusiastic support.