2. "Do you do anything interesting or important, in terms of scholarship, research, academic activities?"
Interesting or important to who? . . .
3. What to do? Get online!
- If 'no,' then why not? (There are legitimate reasons and challenges, and others that aren't so good).
- If 'yes,' then what can you do to share what you do, so others can benefit more from your insights and understanding? (And maybe you'll benefit too!?)
- Get a web-page or blog. It's free (or $10 a year for a custom URL)! Blogger, Wordpress, Wix, many, many more.
- Write about your interests and accomplishments. Upload your presentations; share your drafts; upload your articles. (Don't just post PDFs: post in more accessible file formats)
- Why? To help other people: you have understanding and insights that they would appreciate and benefit from! Help them find it!
- Also, it is likely good for your academic discipline(s), and good for your school, for you to post your work, so that it might be noticed. (Who else is it good for?)
- So, this isn't about "self-promotion" or "careerism" or whatever. Or it needn't be.
- "Open access" concerns:
- Doesn't someone else have copyright to my work? Maybe, but you are usually totally free to post "pre-prints" of anything: e.g,. the pre-formatted Word file of your article.
- Also: "An unjust law is no law at all." Perhaps it's unjust that academics write and produce research, on the basis of certain types of (public) funding and employment, but not everyone has access to that research. So ...
Write, speak, interview, etc. for public forums. Develop excellent teaching materials: share those.
An earlier library presentation on Open Educational Resources, such as Animals & Ethics 101.