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Your Course Syllabus Can Support the Society and the Field

Tuesday, July 23, 2013   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Lorraine Cashman

If you are preparing readings for courses, please be aware that there are two easy ways that you can help the Society and the field:

1. As you may know, AFS receives royalty income whenever someone views, downloads, or prints Journal of American Folklore materials from the online collections of JSTOR and Project MUSE. Almost all US universities, and a growing number abroad, subscribe to the JSTOR and MUSE collections that include the JAF.

The royalty revenue from a JSTOR or MUSE view, download, or print is greater than what AFS receives in permission fees when the same JAF article is included in a coursepack. This royalty income makes possible a number of important Society activities that benefit the field: providing annual meeting travel stipends and mentoring activities to students and to community, international, and minority scholars; developing the JAF multimedia site; supporting the AFS Oral History Program; and expanding the reach of the Open Folklore online portal, to name just a few.

Here’s the service we're asking you to provide: Whenever any of your courses requires students to use JAF materials, have your students access those materials on JSTOR or Project MUSE rather than through other means. This is easy to do: just include the JSTOR or Project MUSE URLs for JAF articles or reviews in the syllabi for your courses this coming year.

2. AFS has created an information piece for students about the field of folklore studies, the AFS, and the opportunities AFS provides to students. It is available for you to download in PDF format here.

We are distributing it to you now, before the 2013-2014 academic year begins, so that you can make it available to your students during the year. It will exist only in electronic form, so you can easily distribute it to entire classes through listservs or through your course management system. Of course, if you prefer you may print out and distribute hard copies. It is up to you to decide whether you give it out to everyone in every section of Folklore 101, just to those whom you consider your more promising students, or to some other selected group.

Those of you who work outside the academy can just as easily distribute it to promising interns, younger staff at your public-sector program or organization, community scholars, or anyone else who exhibits an interest.

Please share this PDF with your students and colleagues. They need to know that there is a field of folklore studies that could be a professional home for them as it is for you, and a Society that stands behind folklorists and their work. We are depending on you to help us get the word out.




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