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Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 405.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (124)
Subject: SPARC

[2] From: David Green <david@ninch.org> (35)
Subject: Symposium: University Libraries and Museums in the
Digital Marketplace

[3] From: Heyward Ehrlich <ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu> (39)
Subject: New NEACH Series Nov 21

[4] From: Thierry van Steenberghe <t_vs@compuserve.com> (83)
Subject: Announcement - Please post

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 00:02:22 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: SPARC

>From: IN%"patricia@arl.org" "Patricia Brennan" 31-OCT-1997 10:10:52.83
>To: IN%"arl-announce@arl.org" "Multiple recipients of list"
>Subj: ARL Announces: SPARC
> October 30, 1997
> ARL Promotes Competition in Scholarly Publishing
> Washington, D.C. -- Responding to the steadily increasing costs of
>library materials acquired from large commercial publishers and the impact
>of these price increases on the scholarly process, the Board of Directors
>of the Association of Research Libraries approved last week the formation
>of the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).
>SPARC, whose mission is to be a catalyst for change through the creation
>of a more competitive marketplace for research information, will promote
>academic values of access to information for research and teaching and
>encourage innovative uses of technology to improve scholarly
> SPARC will operate as a project of the ARL Office of Scholarly
>Communication and will seek partnerships with member libraries and
>institutions, scholarly societies, university presses, and other
>organizations, including publishers, that share a common set of academic
>values and are interested in developing new strategies for controlling
>costs and improving access to research information.
> For over a decade, the academic library community has monitored
>the spiraling costs of academic research information while implementing a
>number of strategies to contain costs and ensure access to these expensive
>resources. Statistics published annually by ARL highlight the problem.
>* Since 1986, the unit cost of serials has increased by 147% and that of
> monographs by 63%.
>* Since 1986, the number of monographs purchased by ARL libraries declined
> by 21%.
>* In 1986, the typical ARL library subscribed to 16,198 serial titles,
> purchased 33,210 monographs to serve 16,684 students and 1,125 faculty.
>* In 1996, the typical ARL library subscribed to 15,069 serial titles,
> purchased 26,262 monographs to serve 18,269 students and 1,254 faculty.
>* Despite canceling hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of serials,
> research libraries are spending 124% more on serials to acquire 7% fewer
> titles.
> Libraries have used a number of strategies--canceling titles,
>decreasing the purchase of monographs, sharing resources, and collective
>purchasing--in an effort to balance their budgets and extend their
>purchasing power. These strategies, however, have not been effective in
>lowering the overall costs of resources. Likewise, these strategies have
>not fundamentally changed the publishing environment. Increasingly,
>library and academic administrators have come to realize that the impact
>of the spiraling costs cannot be solved by strategies that libraries
>pursue on their own; thus the move to effect change through partnerships,
>innovative use of new technologies, and development of new models of
>publication and distribution.
> Under the current system, faculty submit their research and
>scholarship, often conducted with the aid of public and private funds, to
>publishers who generally require the transfer of the author's copyrights.
>Publishers then sell the materials back to the academic community through
>subscriptions held by libraries. Increasingly, much scholarly
>publishing-- particularly science, technology, medicine, and law--is being
>consolidated into the hands of a few large commercial companies. The most
>recent example is the proposed merger announced last week of the
>British-Dutch company Reed Elsevier, with its primary competitor, Wolters
>Kluwer, another Dutch company, creating the world's largest publisher of
>academic and trade journals. These publishers had combined sales of $6.6
>billion in 1996 and publish a combined total of almost 2,200 titles.
> "With prices continuing to spiral and commercial publishers
>pursuing an aggressive strategy of acquisitions, we must take some action
>to ensure competition in the market-place," said Duane Webster, Executive
>Director of ARL. "Library partnering with scholarly societies, university
>presses, and other educational and research organizations that can achieve
>the high quality expected of scholarly publishing will create an
>opportunity for the academic community to enrich the marketplace with
>publishing ventures that are affordable and respect the academic values of
>access to information for research and teaching."
> For more information on SPARC, contact Mary Case, Director, Office
>of Scholarly Communication, Association of Research Libraries,
>(202)296-2296 or marycase@arl.org. Additional information about ARL's
>prior discussions on these topics is available on the ARL website at:
> The Association of Research Libraries is a not-for-profit
>membership organization comprising 121 libraries of North American
>research institutions. Its mission is to shape and influence forces
>affecting the future of research libraries in the process of scholarly
>communication. ARL programs and services promote equitable access to and
>effective use of recorded knowledge in support of teaching, research,
>scholarship, and community service. The Association articulates the
>concerns of research libraries and their institutions, forges coalitions,
>influences information policy development, and supports innovation and
>improvements in research library operations. ARL operates as a forum for
>the exchange of ideas and as an agent for collective action.
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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
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e-mail: Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 1997 14:53:43 -0500
From: David Green <david@ninch.org>
Subject: Symposium: University Libraries and Museums in the Digital Marketplace

November 14, 1997

Yale Center for British Art, Lecture Hall
Friday, November 21, 1997

The Digital Media Center for the Arts at Yale will host its first annual
symposium on Friday, November 21, 1997. Devoted to the theme "University
Libraries and Museums in the Digital Marketplace," the symposium will
address the opportunities and challenges posed by the emerging digital
marketplace to research universities with distinguished library and museum
collections. Questions to be addressed will include:
* How can the mission of a research university be most fully realized in
the digital arena?
* What does this new arena mean for the university's traditional mission
of collecting, teaching, learning, and discovery?
* What challenges and opportunities does this new arena pose in the realms
of intellectual property, copyright and distance learning?

The first half of the symposium will be devoted to these themes, with the
second half providing an overview of emerging digital marketplace models.

Speakers will include:
* Charles Altschul, noted lecturer and consultant on multimedia technology
and the arts,
* Susan Ball, Executive Director of the College Art Association
* Michael Ester, President of Luna Imaging, Inc., and
* Geoffrey Samuels, founder of the Museum Licensing Collective.

A round table discussion will conclude the symposium, and a reception will
follow. Participants will include Scott Bennett (University Librarian), Dan
Updegrove (Director of Information Technology Services), and Richard Benson
(Dean of the School of Art), as well as the speakers.

This event is sponsored by the new Digital Media Center for the Arts, an
interdisciplinary site for learning, teaching and expression in the arts,
with support from the following programs: the Yale Center for British Art,
the Yale University Art Gallery, the Yale Schools of Art, Architecture,
Drama, and Music, the Yale University Library, and Yale Information
Technology Services. It is part of the ongoing ITS Lecture Series.

Date: Fri, 14 Nov 97 19:18:50 EST
From: Heyward Ehrlich <ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu>
Subject: New NEACH Series Nov 21

From: Heyward Ehrlich <ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu>


NEACH: NorthEast Association for Computers and the Humanities
Heyward Ehrlich, President

after a hiatus of two seasons
is pleased to invite you to attend the inauguration of a
revived NEW PROGRAM SERIES to be presented jointly with

NYU ACF: Academic Computing Facility of New York University
Lorna Hughes, Assistant Director for Humanities Computing


Alan Morrison and Jakob Fix of the
Humanities Computing Unit, Oxford Text Archive

Delivering Electronic Texts on the WWW

3:30 pm, Friday, November 21, 1997
101 Warren Weaver Hall
251 Mercer St. (corner of W. 4th St)
New York, N.Y. 10012


The program will begin with a welcome, business meeting, and open
access. A reception will follow in Room 313 from 5:00 to 7:00 pm.

Warren Weaver Hall is one block east of Washington Square Park
between Greene and Mercer Streets on W. 4th St (Wash. Sq. So.).

NEACH meetings are free and are open to the public. Advance
reservations are accepted by e-mail but are not required.


The Humanities Computing Group of NYU ACF also presents
Richard Gartner, Bodleian Library, Oxford
"Digitizing Manuscript and Slide Collections"
Tuesday, November 18, 1997, 4:00 pm
Warren Weaver Hall 101




INFORMATION: Reservations, programs, membership:

Phone: (212) 998-3070 Lorna Hughes
Fax: (212) 995-4120
E-mail: ehrlich@newark.rutgers.edu
Web site: english-newark.rutgers.edu/neach.html

Date: Sat, 15 Nov 1997 07:38:45 -0500
From: Thierry van Steenberghe <t_vs@compuserve.com>
Subject: Announcement - Please post

Apologies in advance to those who receive more than one copy of this
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Announcement and Call for Participation!

Please post.



International Conference "Magritte au risque de la sémiotique"

Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis

Brussels, Belgium, 22-23 May 1998.


The Theme

o The conference is organized on the occasion of the centenary of René
Magritte's birth (1898-1967). The importance of Magritte is considerable
and his images are very often reproduced.
Designed to thwart cultural habits, they are largely exploited by culture
and have been "naturalised". People say about them "It's Magritte's".
By deepening our knowledge of Magritte through semiotics, we hope to
counter the cultural rob of this work's originality, due to its very

o The work and thought of the Belgian surrealist painter form an area of
study which lends itself particularly well to a semiotic analysis: is there
a better example to introduce a reflection about the transparency and the
opacity of signs than the famous "Ceci n'est pas une pipe"?
Magritte presents his paintings as "a visible trace of thought": he
reflected about the relation between "words and images" and about questions
such as resemblance and similarity, the hidden visible, the representation,

o From putting together Magritte and semiotics, a reciprocal
enlightenment can be expected: Magritte's work will allow semioticians to
sharpen their concepts, while the semiotic analyses will bring a new
understanding of the work. The invited speakers have been selected so as to
trigger a confrontation between aesthetics and different semiotic


Michel BALLABRIGA, Université de Toulouse II.
Joseph COURTES, Université de Toulouse II.
Andre DE TIENNE, University of Indianapolis.
Jean-Patrick DUCHESNE, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles.
Nicole EVERAERT-DESMEDT, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles.
Jean FONTANILLE, Université de Limoges.
Groupe mu: Francis Edeline et Jean-Marie Klinkenberg, Université de Liège.
Rene JONGEN, Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis, Bruxelles.
Serge LEGARE, Université Laval, Québec.
Stamos METZIDAKIS, University of Washington.
Jose Maria NADAL, University of the Basque Country, Bilbao.
Jan-Gunner SJOLIN, University of Lund.

The working language for the conference will be French.

Related event:

An important exhibition "Magritte" will be presented in Brussels from 6 to
28 June 1998, at the "Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique".

More information, e.g. about the programme and the lodging possibilities,
as well as registration forms can be obtained from:


Facultés Universitaires Saint-Louis
boulevard du Jardin Botanique, 43

B-1000 Bruxelles (Belgium)

Fax: +32-2-211-7997
E-mail: everaert@fusl.ac.be

A French version of this announcement is available on request, and can also
be found on the Web site of the AISV/IAVS (Association Internationale de
Sémiotique Visuelle/International Association of Visual Semiotics), at the
URL: http://www.iconet.com.br/aisv/calend.htm

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