In a world of increasing specialization, everyone is a non-expert in many fields crucial for public understanding and decision-making. The author—an expert on scholarly communication in the current era of rapid technological and institutional change in higher education—argues that the most important change needed in communications between specialized fields of expertise and the rest of society is not technological. It is the willingness to accept the responsibility to translate expertise and engage in crucial public conversations.
Face the People and Speak: On the future of expertise and public conversations
Abby Smith Rumsey has served as director of the Scholarly Communication Institute and worked with the Library of Congress’s National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program to develop strategies to identify, collect, and preserve digital content of long-term value.
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Abby Smith Rumsey; Face the People and Speak: On the future of expertise and public conversations. Boom 1 December 2013; 3 (4): 79–84. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.4.79
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