March 2010 Archives

Event: Writing English in Translation

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Members of the Literacy & Rhetorical Studies and Center for Writing communities,

Please join us for the Literacy & Rhetorical Studies Speaker Series

"Writing English in Translation: ELF, World Englishes, and Diversalité"
Dr. Bruce Horner
Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition
University of Louisville

Monday, March 29th, 2010
2:30 - 4:00 pm
135 Nicholson Hall

Bruce Horner is Endowed Chair in Rhetoric and Composition at the University of Louisville, where he teaches courses in composition, composition theory and pedagogy, and literacy studies. His books include the co-edited Cross-Language Relations in Composition (Southern Illinois UP, forthcoming); Terms of Work for Composition: A Materialist Critique, winner of the W. Ross Winterowd Award for Composition Theory; Key Terms in Popular Music and Culture, co-edited with Thomas Swiss; and, co-authored with Min-Zhan Lu, Representing the "Other": Basic Writers and the Teaching of Basic Writing and Writing Conventions. "English Only and U.S. College Composition," an essay he co-authored with John Trimbur, is the recipient of the Richard Braddock Award. His recent work examines the implications of scholarship on world Englishes and English as a lingua franca for the teaching of writing.

The interdisciplinary graduate minor in Literacy and Rhetorical Studies (housed in the Center for Writing) sponsors the Speaker Series to engage faculty and graduate students in rich discussions about the uses of language, reading, and writing. Information about past and present Speaker Series events is available at

Dr. Horner's talk is also sponsored by the Department of Writing Studies, the First-Year Writing Program, and the Literacy Education Research Series, with additional support from the University of Minnesota's programs in Post-Secondary Teaching and Learning and in Second Languages and Cultures.

Open Access adopted at Duke

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duke.jpgYesterday the Academic Council at Duke University unanimously adopted an Open Access policy for scholarly articles written by the Duke faculty.

How do researchers use online journals?

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Researchers looked at how Oxford Journals were used and found the following:

-One third use journals at non-work hour times (weekends and evenings)
-Around 40% of sessions originated from a Google Search
-Little time on pages but frequent visits
-The median age of articles was 48 months (life sciences), 73 months (economics), and 90 months (history)
Life sciences users rarely read abstracts on publisher platforms

Here is the academic article on this research:
Nicholas, D., Clark, D., Rowlands, I., & Jamali, H. (2009). Online use and information seeking behaviour: institutional and subject comparisons of UK researchers Journal of Information Science, 35 (6), 660-676 DOI: 10.1177/0165551509338341

This could be used as part of an assignment--by reading it and asking students to reflect on how they use the journal literature or library literature or Google and how long they spend. It would be interesting to ask students to budget out the time they spend doing research (e.g. x% Google, x% reading x, x% Library database searching, etc.)