Artstor and an affiliated group of not-for-profit digital initiatives — JSTOR, Portico, and Aluka — are co-hosting a series of forums with members of the higher education and scholarly not-for-profit community throughout the United States to discuss the changing nature of library services and scholarly research in a networked world.

Artstor and its affiliates have a unique perspective on this shifting environment, each created in an effort to help the scholarly community take advantage of the advances in information technology. There is a great deal of ongoing discussion about the evolving Web (sometimes referred to generally as Web 2.0): the migration of the Internet from a platform to a service; the network effect that encourages (and values) contributions and collaborations; and a shift in software and services to a participatory model.

As members of the higher education and scholarly not-for-profit community we have all seen how this evolution is changing libraries, publishing, and scholarship. During this forum, we’d like to discuss how Artstor, JSTOR, Portico, and Aluka are responding to these changes and how they intersect with the new expectations on your campus. For instance, has your institution begun to think about the long-term preservation of born-digital content? What changes are underway at your institution to support teaching and research with digital image resources? How is the shift from print to electronic resources being managed in your library?

Besides exploring some of these questions, we will also present the findings of two important surveys, commissioned by this group in late 2006. Both of the surveys — one of over 4,000 U.S. faculty, and one of U.S. library directors and collection development librarians — provide some interesting insights into how these groups see the shifting landscape, and how they feel about the future of libraries, the shift from print to electronic, and the changing needs of scholars.

Each forum will be held from 9 am to 3:30 pm (including lunch). A preliminary list of presentation topics can be found below as well as the entire list of dates and locations. As more information becomes available, this page will be updated with venue details and the opportunity to RSVP. Please check back often. If you have any additional questions, please send them to Inna Stolyarova.

Topics To Be Covered

  • Shift Happens!: How the Changing Technology Environment is (Re-)Shaping the Scholarly Community
  • Addressing the E-Journal Preservation Conundrum: Understanding Portico
  • Incorporating Digital Images into the Fabric of Academic Pedagogy and Scholarship: Early Lessons from Artstor
  • Faculty Needs and Librarian Perspectives: Findings from Two Nationwide Surveys
  • Leveraging the Network: Building and Deploying a Collaborative Resource From and About Africa: An Introduction to Aluka
  • Revolution or Evolution? JSTOR’s First Decade

Dates & Locations