Writing Social Justice [LIBS 201] Online Open Access Journal

Roosevelt University Fall 2015

Throughout the course of the semester we worked on understanding how information is created, who creates it, what gives it power, and who owns it. We drew on the work of Safiya Noble, a leading scholar in feminist information studies and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist, non-fiction writer and short story writer, who respectively write:

“We must ask ourselves how the things we want to share are found, and how the things we find have surfaced. (Noble 41)
Like our economic and political worlds, stories too are defined by the principle of nkali: How they are told, who tells them, when they're told, how many stories are told, arereally dependent on power. (Adichie 9:37)

Students worked in four groups: Mission/Theme, open access & communication, journal design and review board. With guidance, students developed the submission guidelines and peer review process, chose the website platform, educated the class about open access and created social media awareness of our journal, and developed opening remarks and themed sections. The finished product is available here: http://ruawareof.weebly.com

Student review board in action. [used with student permission]

Student review board in action. [used with student permission]