All this week, we’ve been celebrating The Scholarly Kitchen‘s 10th anniversary. It was set up by the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) in February 2008, with these goals:
- Keep SSP members and interested parties aware of new developments in publishing
- Point to research reports and projects
- Interpret the significance of relevant research in a balanced way (or occasionally in a provocative way)
- Suggest areas that need more input by identifying gaps in knowledge
- Translate findings from related endeavors outside of scholarly/academic publishing (e.g., online business, user trends)
- Attract the community of information professionals interested in these things and give them a place to contribute
Posts by Kent and David this week looked back at the first 10 years, as well as looking ahead. You heard from the Chefs about why we write for the Kitchen, and we published a great guest post by Betsy Donohue on how it can become: “a place where younger colleagues can engage, newer people to the industry can learn, and more diverse opinions are welcome.”
Now it’s your turn! We want to hear what you, our readers*, think. Are we meeting the goals SSP set for us 10 years ago? Are these still the right goals? What are we doing well, and what do we need to change? Please share your feedback with us on these and other questions, so that we can make the Kitchen an even more valuable resource in future — for everyone involved or interested in scholarly communications.
The aggregated and anonymized survey results will be presented at SSP’s 2018 annual meeting, as well as being made publicly available. Most importantly, they will very much help shape our future plans for the Kitchen!
We know you’re all busy people, but please do spend the 10-15 minutes the survey takes to give us your feedback – and share it with friends and colleagues. It’s open through end of day on March 30, and we look forward to hearing from you!
*We’d like to hear from people who don’t read the Kitchen too!