What is bibliodiversity? This is a question with varied answers. Originally, this term was coined as bibliodiversidad by the South American book publishing community, but it has since been translated into many languages and expanded to other communities and types of publishing, including scholarly publishing.

The scholarly publishing flavor of bibliodiversity emphasizes the diversification of of voices, languages, funding models, acts of research, and publishing formats considered to be scholarly activity. Doing so lowers barriers to participating in scholarly conversation and promotes equity among different ways of knowing and communicating that knowledge.

Take some time to familiarize yourself with bibliodiversity and surrounding concepts with the readings below. Afterwards, consider the following questions:

  • How would you define bibliodiversity in your own words?
  • Where do you see bibliodiversity happening around you?
  • How do libraries and library workers intersect with the bibliodiversity movement?
  • What are the characteristics of humanities and social science research that require bibliodiversity? Why are these important for research communications?

Jussieu Call for Open science and bibliodiversity. (2017). https://jussieucall.org/

International Alliance of independent publishers. (2020, September 22). International day of bibliodiversity 2020 [Video]. YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MX88MdjufJM

Shearer, K., Chan, L., Kuchma, I., & Mounier, P. (2020). Fostering Bibliodiversity in Scholarly Communications: A Call for Action. https://doi.org/10.5281/ZENODO.3752923

Toledo, E., Kulczycki, E., Pölönen, J.,  and Sivertsen, G. (2019). Bibliodiversity – What it is and why it is essential to creating situated knowledge. https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/impactofsocialsciences/2019/12/05/bibliodiversity-what-it-is-and-why-it-is-essential-to-creating-situated-knowledge/



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