The eBooks in Illinois Academic Library Conference: When It Pours, It Rains

By William Harroff and Charlotte Johnson.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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Article: Print $US10.00
Article: Electronic $US5.00

On March 7 & 8, 2005, we created, arranged and hosted the eBooks in Illinois Academic Libraries Conference to promote the use of unique electronic books in higher education institutions.

Keywords: Aliteracy, Ebook conference, Ebook programming, Electronic books, Grant support, Grant writing, Higher education, Promoting ebooks

International Journal of the Book, Volume 3, Issue 4, pp.35-40. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 759.086KB).

Prof. William Harroff

I have been a successful book artist for twenty years, working primarily in digital formats for the last ten years. I've received a National Endowment for the Arts / Arts Midwest Visual Art fellowship, an NEA Regional Artists' Project grant, the Frank B. Sessa Scholarship, the Governor's International Exchange Program Grant along with other Illinois Arts Council awards, Art Matters and Women's Studio Workshop grants, a Ragdale Foundation residency and top honors in several international art competitions. I hold degrees with Highest Distinction from Purdue University, Indiana University and the ISBK (Austria). I've also taught for several years at Oskar Kokoschka's "School of Vision" in Salzburg, Austria. My artwork has been profiled in leading art journals such as AfterImage, Art Calendar and Contemporary Impressions and has been exhibited on every populated continent. My bookworks are in the collections of the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Museum of Modern Art, the Experimental Arts Foundation, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the New York Public Library, among others. I have held faculty positions at Southern Illinois University and Oklahoma State University. Since 1997, I have been an Assistant Professor at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois. (r)Evolutionary (e)Books has included performances, presentations and workshops at institutions around the United States, as well as at professional conferences such as Australia's and China's Future of the Book Conferences; the first joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America / Visual Resources Association; the Library and Information Technology Association National Forum; the Metropolitan New York Library Council; the Illinois State Library; and the first and second Illinois Online Conferences. The (r)Evolutionary (e)Books model was selected as a 2002 Best Practice by the Illinois State Library and, in 2003 and 2004, by the University of Calgary for their Best-Practices in e-Learning.

Prof. Charlotte Johnson

Charlotte Johnson, Director of User Services at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville's Lovejoy Library with a B.S. in Art Education and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, has been creating artist's books since the 1970s. Her books have been exhibited throughout the US and Europe. As a hand papermaker and typographer, she has studied ancient texts and bookforms in Japan, Nepal, Turkey, Iran, Egypt and Russia. She has participated in many ebook conferences and helped introduce ebooks to Illinois academic libraries.

(r)Evolutionary (e)Books is a cutting edge "online happening," the brainchild of William Harroff and Charlotte Johnson, noteworthy ebook evangelists. The "Brother Bill & Sister Char (r)Evolutionary (e)Books Traveling Tour" has included performances, presentations and workshops at institutions around the United States, as well as at professional conferences such as Australia's and China's Future of the Book Conferences; the Library and Information Technology Association National Forum; the Metropolitan New York Library Council; the Illinois State Library; the Chicago Public Library; the 1st and 2nd Illinois Online Conferences; and the first joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America / Visual Resources Association. The (r)Evolutionary (e)Books Model was selected as a 2002 Best Practice by the Illinois State Library and, in 2003 & 2004, by the University of Calgary for their Best Practices in e-Learning Conferences. In 2002, the associated website also received a P22 design award.


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