Kathleen Fitzpatrick presented a talk on open access entitled “Giving It Away: Sharing and the Future of Scholarly Communication,” Saturday, November 3 at 7 p.m. at Counterpath.
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.
“Giving It Away: Sharing and the Future of Scholarly Communication” focuses on the ethical reasons for promoting open access scholarly publishing, particularly the gift-economy model on which scholarship best operates.