The BC Research Libraries Group is proud to present the latest event in the BC Research Libraries Group Lecture Series, “Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology and the Future of the Academy.”
Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick will discuss how academic institutions are facing a crisis in scholarly publishing at multiple levels: presses are stressed as never before, library budgets are squeezed and faculty are having difficulty publishing their work. “Planned Obsolescence” is both a provocation to think more broadly about the academy’s future and an argument for re-conceiving that future in more communally-oriented ways.
Confronting a change-averse academy, she insists that before we can successfully change the systems through which we disseminate research, scholars must re-evaluate their ways of working–how they research, write, and review–while administrators must reconsider the purposes of publishing and the role it plays within the university.
The session will be presented at UBC Library on October 4, and in Victoria on October 5.
- Thursday, October 4, 2012, 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. in the Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, Dodson (302) Room.*
- Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9 a.m.
- Register online.
- Friday, October 5, 2012, 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. in the University of Victoria McPherson Library, Room 210.
- Coffee and refreshments will be served at 9:30 a.m.
- Register online.
*This presentation is a pre-conference event for Open UBC, which is held October 31 and November 1. Open UBC promotes open access learning and education.
Dr. Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and is on leave from a position as Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, in Claremont, California. She is the author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy , which was published by NYU Press in November 2011; Planned Obsolescence was released in draft form for open peer review in fall 2009. She is also the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press (and of course available in print), and she is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons. She has published articles and notes in journals including the Journal of Electronic Publishing, PMLA, Contemporary Literature, and Cinema Journal.