11.0239 Kairos changes; report on Internet access

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 239.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (125)
Subject: _Kairos_ Expands Staff, Board for 1997-98

[2] From: David Green <david@cni.org> (87)
Subject: MCI Study: Alternative Public Internet Access Points

Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 14:18:18 -0400 (EDT)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: _Kairos_ Expands Staff, Board for 1997-98

>> From: Mick Doherty <doherm@rpi.edu>

Please distribute freely, in part or whole.


14 August 1997
Compiled from E-Mail and MOO Transcripts

DALLAS, TX -- The editorial team of _Kairos: A Journal For Teachers
of Writing in Webbed Environments_ is pleased to announce the
addition of twelve new members, who will join the _Kairos_ staff
and board beginning immediately for the production cycle of
issue 2.2 (Fall 1997).

_Kairos_ is a hypertext journal exploring pedagogical and scholarly uses of
hypertext, written in hypertextual format(s). It is designed to serve as a
resource for teachers, researchers, and tutors of writing, including:
Technical Writing, Business Writing, Professional Communication, Creative
Writing, Composition, Literature, and a broad base of Humanities curricula.
_Kairos_ is sponsored by the Alliance for Computers and Writing and
hosted by the English Server at Texas Tech University.

The most significant change for _Kairos_ involves Michael J. Salvo's move
from the position of Managing Editor to a position on the Editorial Board.
Salvo has been Managaing Editor for _Kairos_ since Day One of the journal's
inception, and has become synonymous with the _Kairos_ project at
conferences and in online environments. Salvo is pursuing other projects
toward completing his doctoral work at Texas Tech, but will also
stay involved with _Kairos_ in an advisory role.

Moving into the position of Managing Editor is Claudine Keenan of the
Penn State Lehigh Valley Campus. Keenan has spent the last year
as Sections Editor for _Kairos_, responsible for the News, Reviews,
and Response sections of the journal. According to _Kairos_ Links
Editor Greg Siering, "Since Claudine took over the Sections Editor
position, the scope of that job has grown immensely, with even larger
prospects for the future. And while she's been doing an incredible job,
as I told (_Kairos_ Editor Mick Doherty) on the phone, I don't
want us to be responsible for Claudine's brain exploding. So I feel
that giving [her] more managerial responsibilities and hiring her
some help for some of the sections that have been growing each issue
will be a good step for us."

To provide that help, _Kairos_ has created three new positions for
the editorial staff: Reviews Editor, News Editor, and Response Editor.
Filling those positions will be Nick Carbone of Marlboro College;
Patty Ericsson of Michigan Tech University; and Jenn Bowie of
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Carbone, a two-year member of the _Kairos_ Editorial Board, is
completing doctoral work at the University of Massachusetts.
He has been a frequent contributor to _Kairos_ over the last
two years, publishing in the News, Reviews, and LoggingOn
sections. He will be responsible for determining what books,
software, websites, and other resources should be reviewed,
assigning those reviews to particular authors, and recruiting
and working with coordinators of special _Kairos_ sections such
"The E-List" and "PaperText."

Ericsson will enter the doctoral program at Michigan Tech University
in the Fall of 1998 after 15 years of teaching and administration
at Dakota State University, where she also founded the DSU Online
Writing Lab (OWL). Ericsson claims that "my most recent publication
proves that online publications [are the] only way to go -- it was written
four years before it was finally published in the very book it was
originally written for!" She will be responsible for coordinating
the _Kairos_ InterMOOs, Calls For Participation Resource, Conference
Roundup Reviews and other pertinent online pedagogy news.

Bowie has just completed her bachelor's degree in Communication
at Rensselaer, where she will begin the graduate program in Rhetoric
and Technical Communication in this Fall. Her hypertext fiction web
"A Drink with Morte" won the McKinney Award for best undergraduate
electronic fiction writing, and she has led several MOO workshops on
gender-fair language in professional writing situations. Bowie will be
responsible for revamping "_Kairos_ Interactive," soliciting feedback
for publication in the journal, and for coordinating a series of _Kairos_
"Meet The Author" and "Roundtable Discussion" MOO sessions.

Also joining the _Kairos_ team in the position of Chief Copy Editor
is Sandye Thompson of Texas Woman's University. Thompson has
spent the last year as a member of the journal's copy team, and
also coordinated the inaugural edition of "The E-List" for the
Fall 1996 issue (1.3). She is completing doctoral work at TWU,
and has book chapters in press regarding MOOspace and hypertext,
gender and electronic communication, and the reconceptualization
of "publication" in MOOspace. She will work with Assistant Editor
Amelia DeLoach in coordinating a still-developing team of copy
editors during _Kairos_ production cycles.

In addition to Doherty, Keenan, Siering, and DeLoach, returnees to
the _Kairos_ Editorial Staff are Production Manager/Graphics Editor
Jason Cranford Teague and Coverweb Editor Douglas Eyman.

The reconfiguration of the staff is accompanied by a similar
expansion of the Editorial Board, as another wave of some of
the finest scholars in computers, writing & pedagogy have
agreed to offer their talents to the journal's peer review
process over the next year.

A position on the _Kairos_ Editorial Board focuses on interactive
peer commentary with contributing authors of Feature, News,
Review and Coverweb materials, in a non-blind review process.
As the invitation to these new Board members stated, "This is a
new kind of peer review, and to be blunt, we are making it up as we
go along. Each member of the current Editorial Board has been
encouraged to develop his or her own style of reviewing, and to make
that style as author-specific as possible."

Joining Salvo -- one of the primary architects of the non-blind
interactive peer review process -- as new members of the
Editorial Board are nine fresh faces: John Barber, Northwestern State
University of Louisiana; Kris Blair, Bowling Green State University;
Michael Day, South Dakota School of Mines and Technology; Keith Dorwick,
University of Illinois-Chicago.; Cynthia Haynes, University of Texas
at Dallas; Jan Rune Holmevik, University of Bergen INorway); Beth Kolko,
University of Texas at Arlington; Pam Takayoshi, University of Louisville;
and Todd Taylor, University of North Carolina.

Returning for a second year on the Board are Joel English, Ball State
University; Dene Grigar, Texas Woman's University; Johndan Johnson-Eilola,
Purdue University; Judith Kirkpatrick, Kapi'olani Community College;
Susan Lang, Southern Illinois University; Ted Nellen, Murry Bergtrum
High School of New York; Anthony Rue, University of Florida; and
Cindy Wambeam, New Mexico State University.

Third-year members of the Board include Carbone; Eric Crump, NCTE;
Jeff Galin, Cal State San Bernardino; Bill Hart-Davidson, Purdue
University; Lee Honeycutt, Rensselaer Polyechnic Institute; Steve Krause,
Southern Oregon State College; Tony Rue, University of Florida; and Dickie
Selfe, Michigan Tech University. Becky Rickly of the University of
Michigan returns for a second year with the _Kairos_ board after a
one-year sabbatical. Completing their tenure with the _Kairos_ board
are Wayne Butler of the Daedalus Group; Dean Fontenot of Texas Tech
University; and Terry Harpold of Georgia Tech University. These changes
bring the number of "Karoi" on the Editorial Board to 27.

For more information about _Kairos_, please contact Editor Mick Doherty at
<mick@rpi.edu> or <mdoherty@dallascvb.com>. The Fall issue (2.2) is due for
publication release on October 27, 1997 and will feature a Coverweb focus
on gender and electronic communication. Visit the _Kairos_ webpage at

Date: Fri, 15 Aug 1997 16:39:15 -0400
From: David Green <david@cni.org>
Subject: MCI Study: Alternative Public Internet Access Points

August 15, 1997

The press release below, forwarded by the Benton Foundation contains some
interesting and I believe relevant news on the increasing use of libraries,
museums and community organizations for Internet access.

David Green

What's Your Log-On Locale?

MCI Study of Internet Access Finds Sharpest Increase
Among Alternative Public Points

WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- According to an MCI LibraryLINK study
released today, the number of people who regularly access the Internet through
points other than home, office or school has nearly tripled in the last year.
The growing phenomenon of "alternative points of access" such as libraries,
museums and civic organizations, illustrates the heightened need for the
Internet among diverse audiences. MCI LibraryLINK a public-private
partnership between MCI and the American Library Association, commissioned the
analysis to determine the trends associated with society's growing demand for
Internet access.

The analysis is based on Internet research from the CommerceNet/Nielsen
Media Research Internet Demographic Studies. In a random telephone survey of
U.S. and Canadian residents, respondents were asked where they log on to the
Internet. The analysis uncovered some startling data about Internet access.

In the spring of 1996, approximately 1.5% of the Internet users claimed to
access the Internet through an "alternative point of access" such as a
library. Today, that number has almost tripled to 4% and the analysis shows
it will continue to grow exponentially as communities respond to the public's
growing need for increased public access.

"The flourishing popularity of 'alternative points of access' illustrates
the Internet's escalating importance in the daily lives of more and more
Americans," said Vint Cerf, Senior Vice President, Internet Architecture and
Engineering at MCI. "For people who don't work with computers in the
workplace or have the ability to go online from home, these alternative points
of access are their lifeline to the Internet and to the wealth of information
it holds such as job lines, business databases, and homework help stations."

MCI defines "alternative points of access" as any venue other than home,
school or work where the public or a group's members have access to the
Internet. These venues are classified as "alternative points" because going
online has not, until recently, been a service or activity associated with
these locations. These venues include public libraries, museums, churches,
community centers, retailers, hospitals and recreational facilities.

Percentages of respondents claiming to access the Internet from an
alternative point break down as follows:

Public libraries 36%
Churches/Community Centers 14%
Retail Outlet 11%
(mall computer store, coffeehouse etc.)
Hotels 6%
Museums/Recreational Facilities 5%
Hospitals 3%
Airports 3%

-- Statistics has been reclassified to exclude someone else's home and
relative's workplace

-- 20% of respondents did not answer or did not know where they accessed
the Internet

Other segments of access showed growth, but not as large a growth rate as
access from alternative points. Compared to 1996, the number of respondents
claiming they accessed the Internet from a school nearly doubled. Users
accessing from home and work categories each increased by four percentage
points from 1996 to 1997.

Since 1995, MCI LibraryLINK has awarded more than $1 million in grants to
27 main libraries impacting over 200 community library branches, helping to
increase the number of Internet-connected libraries from 21% to 80%. These
grants have helped create and enhance information technology systems linking
people to library resources, government services and to the Internet.

"These public points of access are important because they help level the
playing field. By the year 2000, nearly 30% of all Internet users could be
accessing through alternative points," said Diane Strahan, Executive Director
of Corporate Community Partnerships at MCI.

Nielsen Media Research, a Cognizant company, has headquarters in New York
City and offices in major markets across the U.S. Through its Interactive
Services division, Nielsen Media Research develops audience measurement and
custom research on new media, including the Internet, the Web and online

MCI, with its world headquarters in Washington, D.C., offers the
industry's most comprehensive portfolio of communication services. MCI
reported 1996 annual revenue of $18.5 billion, making it the tenth largest
telecommunications company in the world, along with being the world's third
largest carrier of international voice traffic. Credited with first bringing
the benefits of long distance competition to American consumers and
businesses, MCI now is leading the charge to open up local calling markets to
competition. MCI is awaiting final regulatory approvals to complete its
planned merger with BT to form Concert.


Christa Poston, 202-887-2757, or
Jill Arquette, 703-358-0012,
both for MCI LibraryLINK/

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