Bonn presents at OpenEd17 and Charleston Conference

Maria Bonn
Maria Bonn, Associate Professor

Senior Lecturer Maria Bonn is sharing her research on scholarly communication with scholars, professionals, practitioners, and educators through two major, education-focused conferences. 

At the 14th Annual Open Education Conference (OpenEd17), which took place in Anaheim, California, from October 11-13, Bonn led the round table discussion, "Walking the Walk for Open Pedagogy: Community Design of a Shared Open Educational Resource about Scholarly Communication for Librarians and Learners."

Abstract: This presentation describes our work developing a collaborative, community-driven, dynamic OER for introducing students and practitioners to scholarly communication. An open resource is critical to this approach because scholarly communication has a multiplicity of contexts and meanings so institutions, instructors, and learners need to be able tell their own stories. Openness creates a space in which voices historically excluded from presumed "authority" can influence and even own the narrative, contributing stories which are inspirational and grounded in experiences often left out of traditional textbooks.

At the Charleston Conference, which will be held from November 6-10 in Charleston, South Carolina, Bonn will present the talk, "What Do Those Scholars Want Anyway?" She will discuss a research effort funded by The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that involved surveying and interviewing humanities scholars to gain a deeper understanding of their scholarly publishing experience. These research findings will help inform the development of publishing capacity at the University of Illinois and will be shared with scholars, publishers, and librarians.

In addition to scholarly communication and publishing, Bonn's teaching and research interests include networked communication and the economics of information. Prior to joining the iSchool, she served as associate university librarian for publishing at the University of Michigan Library, where she managed the University of Michigan Press and Scholarly Publishing Office. She also has served as assistant professor of English at institutions both in the United States and abroad. Bonn received a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester, master's and doctoral degrees in American Literature from SUNY Buffalo, and a master's in information and library science from the University of Michigan.

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