Open for whom? Challenging information privilege in social work

Accepted CSWE 2020 Conference APM presentation proposal, in the Values & Ethics track. A majority of the knowledge produced, shared, and sustained by social work scholarship is inaccessible. Apart from faculty, students, and researchers at well-funded universities in North America and Europe, paywalls, copyright maximalism, and the inheritance of social privilege marginalize the least powerfulContinue reading “Open for whom? Challenging information privilege in social work”

Social Work’s (Very Few) Gold OA Journals

First, let’s define “Gold” Open Access: Gold OA is when the journal makes all articles freely available at the time of publication. In contrast, “Green” OA is allowing a version of the article to be deposited in an institutional or disciplinary repository, often after an embargo period. 12 of 281 I pulled together a listContinue reading “Social Work’s (Very Few) Gold OA Journals”

#BPD2020: Technological engagement as transgression: Social work and digital citizenship

Authors: Matthew DeCarlo (Radford University, @profmattdecarlo) & Kerry Fay Vandergrift (Radford University) Abstract: This presentation will discuss how social work educators can integrate information and new media literacy in the classroom and educate the digitally-engaged change agents of the next decade. Keywords: access to higher education; college access; open educational resources; social work; social work education; textbook cost Presentation Materials:Continue reading “#BPD2020: Technological engagement as transgression: Social work and digital citizenship”

Archiving Policies of Social Work Journals

The table below provides a quick overview of embargoes for post-print archiving; visiting the full policy (via “details”) will further demonstrate a complex set of rules and conditions. Even as a librarian, I am confused by some of the policy language I found (what constitutes a “free public server” to NASW?). And while many publishersContinue reading “Archiving Policies of Social Work Journals”

Running an OA Social Work Journal: Interview with Margaret Adamek

When I was working on my article about paywalls and practitioner access to research, Advances in Social Work (AISW) was always where I planned to submit it. Social work unfortunately does not have a wealth of open access journals, AISW is one of the few. As this project, Open Social Work, is a space forContinue reading “Running an OA Social Work Journal: Interview with Margaret Adamek”

Survey of Social Workers on Information Sources

Recently my collaborator Ericka Kimball, Assistant Professor in the School of Social Work, and I surveyed practicing social workers nationwide regarding EBP or research-informed practice, which information sources they use in practice, and library instruction. The article on this study is forthcoming — in the meantime, I wanted to share some of what we learnedContinue reading “Survey of Social Workers on Information Sources”

Share Your SSWR 2020 Conference Paper

Increase the audience of your SSWR 2020 conference paper!  1. Submit to your conference paper to SocArXiv (visit for more information) 2. Email and let us know you’ve submitted a paper. Please provide your full name, institutional/organizational affiliation, and title of paper.  3. Once the paper is approved through SocArXiv moderation, we willContinue reading “Share Your SSWR 2020 Conference Paper”

Access, Equity, Openness: Opening Social Work Research

What is the view outside the journal paywall? Students, faculty, practitioners, and clients require access to social work research to inform change on behalf of people we support. Our project, Open Social Work, is designed to open the corpus of social work knowledge to the public. Research-informed practice is an ethical mandate that is severelyContinue reading “Access, Equity, Openness: Opening Social Work Research”