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Thursday, November 7 • 10:20am - 11:10am
Scholarly Societies, Scholarly Publishing, and the New Information Ecology

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Since the founding of the Royal Society in the 1660s and with the development of disciplinary fields in the later 19th century, scholarly societies have established themselves as mediators of the professional lives of faculty and as vital components of the ecology of scholarly communication. In their interactions with libraries, societies may appear primarily as publishers of newsletters, books, reports, journals, and indexes and databases, but they also promote the creation and diffusion of knowledge by serving as hubs for professional activity, contributors to the making of public policy and opinion, providers of education, representatives of the interests of their members, and, more generally, shapers of the institutions and purposes of higher education.

Society operations and education or outreach programs depend to varying degrees on revenues from publishing programs and membership dues. Today, however, changing demographics and membership decline, the academic job market, the weakening of library budgets, new modes of publishing and media for establishing scholarly reputation, and the importance of making scholarship available to a broader audience than those who can afford to purchase it challenge traditional society roles and especially the business models that have supported those roles .

Panelists will address the ways in which scholarly societies are addressing the current information environment and how societies are adjusting programs and roles as they continue to build and maintain communities of scholars and promote the interests of teaching, learning, and research.

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Bob Kieft

College Librarian, Occidental College
College Librarian, Occidental College (2008--). Prior to moving to Occidental in the fall of 2008, he worked at Haverford College, where he was most recently Director of College Information Resources and Librarian of the College. From 1974-1988, he worked at the Stanford University Libraries in public services and collection development. A member of RUSA/CODES, he has held a number of positions in that Section and in RUSA; he is currently on... Read More →

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Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU.  She is author of Planned Obsolescence:  Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy (NYU Press, 2011) and of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Vanderbilt University Press, 2006). She is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons... Read More →
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Brandon Nordin

American Chemical Society, Vice President, Sales, Marketing, & Digital Strategy
Brandon Nordin has served as ACS Publications' Vice President, Sales, Marketing, & Digital Strategy since 2008. Earlier, he was part of the startup team that grew IDG Books - and its best selling ...for Dummies series - into a global phenomenon. He managed McGraw-Hill's college and trade Technology publishing program though the height of the PC and internet boom. While at Cengage/Gale prior to joining ACS, Brandon worked closely with... Read More →
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Steven C. Wheatley

Vice President, American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS)
Steve Wheatley is the Vice President of the American Council of Learned Societies.  He holds a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago.  He is the author of, among other works, “The Partnerships of Foundations and Research Universities,” in Anheir and Hammack, eds., American Foundations:  Roles and Contributions (2010), and The Politics of Philanthropy: Abraham Flexner and Medical... Read More →

Thursday November 7, 2013 10:20am - 11:10am
Carolina Ballroom, Francis Marion Hotel 387 King Street, Charleston, SC 29403

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