14.0058 new book; scholarly publishing principles

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 58.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni- (42)
             Subject: [New Book] From Gutenberg to the Global Information

       [2] From: Fytton Rowland <J.F.Rowland@LBORO.AC.UK> (68)
             Subject: Scholarly Publishing Principles (fwd)

             Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 08:33:44 +0100
             From: Arun-Kumar Tripathi <tripathi@statistik.uni-dortmund.de>
             Subject: [New Book] From Gutenberg to the Global Information

    Dear Humanist Scholars,

    The following is a book which readers of this list might find of
    interest. For more information please visit at:

    >From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure
    Access to Information in the Networked World
    written by Prof. Christine L. Borgman

    Will the emerging global information infrastructure (GII) create a
    revolution in communication equivalent to that wrought by Gutenberg, or
    will the result be simply the evolutionary adaptation of existing
    behavior and institutions to new media? Will the GII improve access to
    information for all? Will it replace libraries and publishers? How can
    computers and information systems be made easier to use? What are the
    trade-offs between tailoring information systems to user communities
    and standardizing them to interconnect with systems designed for other
    communities, cultures, and languages?

    This book takes a close look at these and other questions of
    technology, behavior, and policy surrounding the GII. Topics covered
    include the design and use of digital libraries; behavioral and
    institutional aspects of electronic publishing; the evolving role of
    libraries; the life cycle of creating, using, and seeking information;
    and the adoption and adaptation of information technologies. The book
    takes a human-centered perspective, focusing on how well the GII fits
    into the daily lives of the people it is supposed to benefit.

    Taking a unique holistic approach to information access, the book draws
    on research and practice in computer science, communications, library
    and information science, information policy, business, economics, law,
    political science, sociology, history, education, and archival and
    museum studies. It explores both domestic and international issues. The
    author's own empirical research is complemented by extensive literature
    reviews and analyses.

    Christine L. Borgman is Professor and Presidential Chair in Information
    Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and Visiting
    Professor at Loughborough University, England.

    6 x 9, 340 pp., cloth ISBN 0-262-02473-X

    Digital Libraries and Electronic Publishing series

    Please contact Jud Wolfskill, the Associate Publicist, MIT Press at
    <wolfskil@mit.edu> for more details about the above book and other MIT
    publications. Thank you!

    Arun Tripathi

             Date: Wed, 14 Jun 2000 08:34:52 +0100
             From: Fytton Rowland <J.F.Rowland@LBORO.AC.UK>
             Subject: Scholarly Publishing Principles (fwd)

    This looks interesting. Fytton.

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      >Not too long ago, this list discussed the cost of LIS journals and what
      >actions, if any, LIS authors should take to counter the rising costs.
      >The "Principles for Emerging Systems of Scholarly Publishing" addresses
      >this issue head-on.
      >The principles are at: <http://www.arl.org/scomm/tempe.html>
      >An article about them in the _Chronicle of Higher Education_ is at:
      >[subscriber password required]
      >Extract from the _Chronicle_ story:
      >One of the more controversial recommendations calls on professors to
      >"refrain from submitting their work and assigning
      >copyright to expensive journals when high quality inexpensive publication
      >outlets are available." The framers of the principles
      >know that is asking a lot. "If you're an assistant professor up for tenure
      >and the most prestigious journal is a commercial journal,
      >then that's where you have to publish," lacking an alternative, said the
      >A.A.U.'s Mr. Vaughn.
      >That's why the agreement urges faculty members, universities, and
      >disciplinary societies to experiment with alternatives. Many
      >already are making forays into electronic publishing to offer lower-priced
      >alternatives to the expensive journals. Last May, for
      >example, the chemical society began publishing, in print and on the Web,
      >Organic Letters, a journal intended to compete with
      >Tetrahedron Letters, published by Reed Elsevier. Organic Letters costs
      >$2,438 a year for 26 issues, a third the price of
      >Tetrahedron Letters, a weekly. (See an article from The Chronicle, July 1,
      >"The control of academic output cannot be in the hands of a few commercial
      >publishers who are seeking to exploit a narrow and profitable market
      >niche," Mr. Webster said.
      >I hope LIS educators are following these developments, which are going to
      >affect the core services and collections of academic libraries.

    ********************************************************** Fytton Rowland, M.A., Ph.D., F.I.Inf.Sc., Lecturer, Deputy Director of Undergraduate Programmes and Programme Tutor for Publishing with English, Department of Information Science, Loughborough University, Loughborough, Leics LE11 3TU, UK.

    Phone +44 (0) 1509 223039 Fax +44 (0) 1509 223053 E-mail: J.F.Rowland@lboro.ac.uk http://info.lboro.ac.uk/departments/ls/staff/frowland.html **********************************************************

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