The Authority File Round-Up: September 2023

Last month's episodes explored bringing documentary films into the classroom.

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Amid pressing challenges like climate change, it’s crucial for students to be able to decenter their experiences and adopt a global lens. Last month’s series looked at how documentaries can do just that, broadening students’ perspectives and providing an alternative to costly study abroad fees. This series highlighted the Global Environmental Justice (GEJ) Documentaries project—an initiative that develops curated collections of documentary films and teaching guides on environmental justice—and delved into how documentaries can be used in the classroom. Our speakers provided specific examples of how they applied the project’s films and interdisciplinary teaching guides to instruction, touting the benefits of the guides’ suggested classroom activities and supplemental reading. Our guests also explained the development of GEJ, such as gathering feedback from librarians and faculty, adopting an accessible pricing model, and how user data impacts the evolution of GEJ and future film selections.

Here’s a quick round-up of the episodes, in case you missed them. We hope you find the conversations useful, timely, and immersive. Thanks for listening!

GEJ and Using Documentary Films in Instruction

This series looks at the curation and development of the Global Environmental Justice (GEJ) Documentaries project, and how documentary films can shape and expand curricula. Our guests, Jason Carbine, Professor of Religious Studies at Whittier College, Rebecca Overmyer-Velázquez, Professor of Sociology at Whittier College, and Gary Marcuse, filmmaker and Project Director for GEJ, reflect on how GEJ documentaries are used in the classroom and why documentary films make particularly robust instructional sources. Brought to you by the Global Environmental Justice Documentaries Project.

Listen to episode one: Background, Recruitment, and Feedback
Listen to episode two: Developing the Film List and Teacher’s Guides
Listen to episode three: Classroom Applications and Expanding Perspectives

Listen to episode four: Metrics, Engagement, and Reach

Missed August’s episodes? We’ve got you covered.

APA Style logo

Our first series in August featured Chelsea Lee, instructional lead, and Timothy McAdoo, manager, both of APA Style, who provided an update on APA Style’s guidance and offerings. Chelsea and Tim explored major referencing questions, changes to accessibility standards, and expanded guidelines on bias-free language. They also addressed hot topics like citing ChatGPT and TikTok. Listen to the series here.

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In our second series, our guests walked through the features and applications of AM’s First Folios Compared, an open access project that brings together more than 40 copies of William Shakespeare’s First Folio. Claudine Nightingale, Publisher, and Ana Attrill-Klein, Quartex Product Specialist, both of AM, discuss the editorial scope and technological features of the project, reviewing supplementary materials, future plans, and how the Quartex platform supports First Folios Compared‘s detailed metadata and comparison tools. Listen to the series here.

What’s Coming Up in October

The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition book cover

We have two exciting series in October. Our first features Beth Driscoll, Associate Professor of Publishing and Communications at the University of Melbourne, and Claire Squires, Professor of Publishing Studies at the University of Stirling, and the editors of The Frankfurt Kabuff Critical Edition. The guests discuss the inspiration and writing process of The Frankfurt Kabuff, a comic erotic thriller analyzing the publishing industry, and how the critical edition enhanced the story’s key concepts. They also chat about their manifesto, Ullapoolism, and how it criticizes and reflects on the scholarly workflow in their fields, in addition to the value of creative disruption in academia. Listen to the first episode here.

UN Publications logo

Our second series spotlights UN Publications, the publishing division of the United Nations. Four guests explain the process of assembling and sharing UN research and data, including topics like the iLibrary platform, organizing metadata, and marketing these materials to the UN’s audiences. They also look at how UN Publications supports the UN’s work on global challenges like climate change, education, and more. Listen to the first episode here.

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