15.582 Scholarly Communication Institute

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                   Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 15, No. 582.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

             Date: Sat, 13 Apr 2002 11:28:04 +0100
             From: Stevan Harnad <harnad@COGPRINTS.SOTON.AC.UK>
             Subject: Mellon Foundation Funds Scholarly Communication Institute

    NEWS RELEASE http://www.clir.org/pubs/press/2002_mellsci.html

    For Immediate Release: April 11, 2002

    Contact: Deanna Marcum 202-939-4750 or Richard Lucier 603-646-2236
    Mellon Foundation Funds Scholarly Communication Institute

    WASHINGTON, D.C. The Council on Library and Information Resources will
    join with Dartmouth College Library to develop a Scholarly
    Communication Institute with a new grant from The Andrew W. Mellon

    Digital technology is changing the traditional process of scholarly
    communication the process by which scholarly information is created,
    distributed, stored, and preserved. Scholars, libraries, and commercial
    and nonprofit organizations have undertaken numerous experiments to
    explore the potential of digital technology for creating richer
    materials or better access for teaching and research, or for helping
    libraries alleviate space or resource constraints. We know little about
    whether many of these experiments can become sustainable, and we know
    less about how systemic change will occur over time.

    The Scholarly Communication Institute will bring together pioneers and
    innovators in scholarly communication for a one-week residential
    experience that will allow them to discuss, plan, and organize
    institutional and discipline-based strategies for advancing innovation
    in scholarly communication. The institute will foster this cadre of
    leaders as mentors to the next generation of individuals who will work
    at the forefront of the transformation of scholarly communication in a
    digital environment. At least three annual institutes will be held, all
    on the Dartmouth campus in Hanover, New Hampshire. The first is
    scheduled for the summer of 2003.

    "We are grateful to the Mellon Foundation for supporting the
    development of this institute, which will provide a rare gift of time
    for leaders in the field to join their peers in deep thinking and
    discussion about visions and strategies for the future," said CLIR
    President Deanna Marcum. "We are very pleased to be cooperating with
    Dartmouth on this project."

    "We have learned a great deal from the experiments to date. We look
    forward to giving those who have led these experiments a chance to
    consider what must be done next for the academy to benefit fully from
    the tremendous potential of digital libraries," said Dartmouth
    Librarian Richard Lucier.

    The institute will be limited to 20 individuals annually from the
    scholarly, library, publishing, and technology communities. Individuals
    must be nominated by their institutions or by peers from other
    institutions who recognize their work. The nominator must submit
    evidence of the pioneering qualities of the work accomplished by the
    nominees. Detailed application information will appear on CLIR's Web
    site in July.

    The Council on Library and Information Resources is an independent,
    nonprofit organization that works to expand access to information,
    however recorded and preserved, as a public good. In partnership with
    other organizations, CLIR helps create services that expand the concept
    of "library" and supports the providers and preservers of information.

    Chartered in 1769, Dartmouth College is a private, liberal arts
    institution in Hanover, New Hampshire. It is an undergraduate
    residential college that also offers numerous graduate and professional
    programs. Dartmouth has long been a leader in the application of
    digital technology to scholarship and learning.

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