What is the Future of Books and Print Journals? Are Archival Journals and the Printed Book Obsolete?

By Robert M. Ballard.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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

There has been a documented recent decline in paper publishing in book, serial and newspaper format. This presentation will discuss the innovations in technology which led to the current state of affairs. This begins with ARPANET the predecessor of the Internet in 1969 and the free access to information which it later provided. Problems associated with hardware associated with these advances were not foreseen. Information collected in the BBC’s Digital Doomsday Book in the 1980s was stored on video discs which could not be read by computers 20 years later. Yet the original Domesday Book is in “fine condition in the Public Record Office in Kew, London”. This presentation will discuss the future of the book as a printed artifact, and the problems which will be the result of information in a online format only. Specifically the economics of information, who are the information providers, and what will they provide?

Keywords: Internet, Publishing, Scholarly Journals

International Journal of the Book, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp.77-82. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.180MB).

Dr. Robert M. Ballard

Professor, School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University, Durham, North Carolia, USA

Birth: Atlanta, Georgia 1937. AB Morehouse College, 1958, MLS Atlanta University 1961, MA Eastern Michigan University 1969, Phd The Unversity of Michigan 1972 (Library Science). Librarian Fort Valley State College, 1960-63, Librarian Virginia State College 1964-66. Librarian US Bureau of Commercial Fisheries, Department of the Interior, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1966-69. Assistant Profesor School of Librarianship, Western Michigan University 1972-76. School of Library and Information Sciences, North Carolina Central University, 1976-. Current rank Professor, Interim Dean 2003-2005. Fulbright Professor, Department of Library Studies, University of Zambia 1977-78. Member American Library Association, Association for Library and Information Science Education, and Special Libraries Association. My primary interest is teaching. My most important professional activity is serving as a reader for diversity grants awarded by the American Library Association and Serving on the Standards Committee of the Special Libraries Association. We are one of several groups which reviews standards fot the NISO and internation agencies.


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