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Symposium to look at impact
of electronic publishing
Lynn, Humanities Editor
(217) 333-2177; email@example.com
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- The simultaneous
development of the Internet and electronic publishing has resulted in
a "relentless" flow of new technologies and models of information delivery.
Nowhere have the changes
been as dramatic and profound as in the field of scholarly communications.
Some changes have been smooth, natural progressions in publishing, while
others have cost institutions millions in lost dollars and more significantly,
permanently lost information.
What separates the clinkers
from the successes is "the continued communication among the information
providers, the intermediaries and the users." So say Karen Schmidt and
Greg Youngen, the organizers of an upcoming symposium designed to promote
that continued communication.
Scholars from "all facets
of scholarly communication endeavors" and from all across the country
will take part in "The Impact of Electronic Publishing on Scholarly
Communication: A Forum on the Future," which is to be held October 26-27.
Hosted by the University
of Illinois, the symposium will meet near campus at the Clarion Hotel
and Conference Center, 1501 S. Neil St., Champaign.
According to Schmidt, associate
university librarian for collections, and Youngen, physics/astronomy
librarian, both at the UI, the symposium is unique in that it will explore
future -- rather than current -- models of communication in electronic
The goal of the symposium
is to "build on the knowledge we already possess, to encourage new ventures
and partnerships and to help set the stage for the next level of innovation
in scholarly communication," Schmidt said, noting that the symposium
offers "an excellent opportunity to both observe and interact with all
of the partners in this changing landscape and to participate in molding
Speakers will be asked to
address such issues as the changes they foresee in the field in the
next five to 10 years; potential problems; and ways in which the changes
"will improve our lives as scholars and consumers of information," Youngen
Because it is at the cutting-edge
of disseminating and preserving knowledge, the UI Library is a logical
place to hold the symposium. Symposium participants will be given a
tour of the UI libraries.
Other sponsors include the
American Chemical Society, American Physical Society, American Institute
of Physics, Elsevier Science, Institute of Physics, John Wiley & Sons
Inc., and Yankee Book Peddler (YBP) Library Services. Symposium information
can be found at http://www.library.uiuc.edu/phx/Forum.html.