Title: The New Digital Scholar: Exploring and Enriching the Research and Writing Practices of NextGen Students
Editors: Randall McClure and James Purdy
Hardbound: ISBN: 978-1573874755, $59.50; eBook edition: 49.50
Imprint: Medford, New Jersey: Information Today, 2013
“The New Digital Scholar presents innovative thinking and groundbreaking research on the challenges NextGen students face with research-writing projects. Reminding readers of the history of the academic research paper and the scope of the recent information explosion, editors McClure and Purdy open a discussion long silent in academic circles—that the teaching of research-writing is mired in practices poorly suited for digital natives. Through the experiences and analyses of more than 20 writing teachers, library science professionals, and higher education administrators, the book examines research-writing in practice, revealing what has been learned, what works, and what doesn’t. Practitioners describe teaching methods and research projects suited for the new digital scholar—concepts not only rooted in traditional academic research values, but designed for the information universe NextGen students inhabit.”
“An interdisciplinary treasury of valuable insights for all college teachers and every academic librarian. A handy, hefty, thought-provoking volume that is sure to become a classic.” —Barbara Fister, academic librarian, Gustavus Adolphus College
“Thoughtful, provocative, and useful, this collection helps us address the contradictions that challenge our students as they learn to write with purpose in the age of information.” —Mike Palmquist, professor of English and associate vice provost for Learning and Teaching, Colorado State University
“An important work for anyone who cares about students and who wants to learn more about how to improve research writing pedagogies and practices. Chapter authors offer insightful strategies for how as classroom instructors and program administrators we might expand and improve the teaching and learning of research writing for all students. This book is a thoroughly fascinating and helpful read.” —Heidi McKee, associate professor of English and director of Professional Writing, Miami University
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.