Forum on 'ePublishing' Dec. 11

Forum on 'ePublishing' Dec. 11

In their traditional printed form, scholarly publications are expensive to produce, narrowly disseminated and can only present information in text and images, says Collection Services Librarian Brendan Rapple.

But new electronic publishing formats offer far more possibilities and advantages, says Rapple, co-organizer of an upcoming campus symposium that will present these innovations to Boston College scholars.

The ePublishing Symposium, sponsored by Boston College Libraries, Academic Technology Services and Information Technology Services, will take place on Thursday, Dec. 11, at 8:30 a.m. in Devlin 008.

Faculty and staff from BC and other universities will present and discuss the latest examples of electronic publishing, which Rapple defines as material that can be posted to the Internet and accessed freely.

Rapple said scholarly publishing is made more dynamic and interactive by using digital video and sound files, links to other resources and other multi-media technologies that are impossible to employ in a paper journal. Electronic journals can be read by anyone with a Web browser and an Internet connection anywhere on the globe, he said, and the cost of producing them is far cheaper than the printed variety.

The symposium will offer a mix of plenary and break-out sessions that focus on "big topics," said Rapple, as well as demonstrations and discussions of practical electronic publishing endeavors at BC and elsewhere.

The program begins with a talk by professors Ronald G. Musto and Eileen Gardiner of the American Council of Learned Societies History E-Book Project, a collection of more than 800 on-line scholarly history books.

At 10 a.m. Vice President for Information Technology Marian Moore, Associate Academic Vice President for Technology Rita Owens, University Librarian Jerome Yavarkovsky and Prof. Walt Haney (LSOE) take part in a panel discussion on electronic publishing.

At 11:30 a.m. participants can choose one of three instructional and demonstration sessions, all taking place in Devlin Hall.

Following a 1 p.m. lunch, Sune Karlsson of the Stockholm School of Economics will present "ReREc and Scholarly Electronic Publishing," a look at the world's largest collection of on-line economics working papers, journal articles and software.

More details are available via the ePublishing Symposium Web site.

-Stephen Gawlik


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