Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the
 Academy

in Open Access
October 21st, 2010

For Immediate Release

October 21, 2010

Boston University Libraries are pleased to announce that Kathleen Fitzpatrick is the speaker for the 2010 Fall Lecture on Open Access to be presented at 3:00 pm on October 29, 2010.

Speaker: Kathleen Fitzpatrick
Professor, Department of Media Studies, Pomona College
Topic: Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the
 Academy
Date: October 29, 2010
Time: 3:00-5:00pm
Place: Photonics #206, 8 St. Mary Street, Boston, MA (map)
Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Professor Kathleen Fitzpatrick

Professor Fitzpatrick has received many fellowships, grants, and awards. In addition to numerous articles and media projects, Fitzpatrick is Co-coordinating Editor and Press Director, MediaCommons and author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television. Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006.

  • Named an “Outstanding Academic Title” by Choice, the publication of the Association of College and Research Libraries, January 2008.
  • Selected as a “book of the month” by the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies.

Fitzpatrick is currently working on a book-length project focusing on the social and institutional changes necessary to developing the digital future of scholarly publishing, under contract to New York University Press. Manuscript completed; undergoing second-round review. Available for open peer review online here.

… Though the notion of a crisis in scholarly publishing was first aired well over a decade ago (one might see Sanford Thatcher’s 1995 article in the Chronicle of Higher Education, entitled “The Crisis in Scholarly Communication”), things suddenly got much, much worse after the first dot-com bubble burst in 2000. During this dramatic turn in the stock market, when numerous university endowments went into free fall (a moment that, in retrospect, seems like mere foreshadowing), two academic units whose budgets took among the hardest hits were university presses and university libraries. And the cuts in funding for libraries represented a further budget cut for presses, as numerous libraries, already straining under the exponentially rising costs of journals, especially in the sciences, managed the cutbacks by reducing the number of monographs they purchased.

Planned Obsolescence, “Introduction”

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