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Volume 33 Issue 5

SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING: Is the printed journal doomed? >

October 26th, 2000

The current system of scholarly publishing "is in collapse. It's just a matter of how many years it will continue," University Library System (ULS) director Rush G. Miller said at the Oct. 18 University Senate fall plenary session, "Are Scholars Under Siege? The Scholarly Communication Crisis." Another panelist, Provost James V. Maher, said: "I don't […]

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SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING: Economics expected to force transition to electronic publishing >

October 26th, 2000

Are printed scholarly journals doomed to extinction? University Library Systems (ULS) director Rush G. Miller thinks so. In most scholarly disciplines, the transition to electronic-only dissemination of research findings probably will come within the next decade, Miller predicted at the Oct. 18 University Senate fall plenary session. Economics will drive the change, he said. "It […]

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SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING: Interpretation of copyright law could threaten fair use >

October 26th, 2000

Provost James V. Maher said the latest revision of U.S. copyright law, as originally drafted, gave him nightmares of waking up one morning to find that the Disney Corp. had gained exclusive rights to the dictionary. Maher was exaggerating. Slightly. The original legislation, which Congress rejected, threatened to give publishers control over university-produced research to […]

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SCHOLARLY PUBLISHING: No single villain, but commercial publishers said to be the "bad guys" >

October 26th, 2000

"It would be a mistake to think there is some demon we can kill and everything will be okay" with scholarly publishing, Provost James V. Maher said at the Oct. 18 University Senate fall plenary session. The problems go beyond skyrocketing journal costs to the root of scholarship and university values, the provost said. For […]

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Vice chancellor outlines strategy for fund-raising >

October 26th, 2000

The University's fund- raising campaign, which began with its "quiet" phase July 1, 1997, is launching its "public" phase this week. Typically, major fund-raising efforts attempt to reach at least half the overall goal before going public. Pitt's campaign is expected to run through June 2003, according to Carol A. Carter, vice chancellor for Institutional […]

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Pitt expert in wireless technology sees logic in University's reliance on hard-wiring of its computers >

October 26th, 2000

Stroll the Carnegie Mellon University campus and you'll see students and professors sitting outside on benches, eyes riveted on their laptop computers as they check e-mail, search library catalogues or browse the Web. You may even spy small groups of robots roaming the campus; they're part of a CMU research project that's laying groundwork for […]

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Donors invited to campus for up-close look at Pitt >

October 26th, 2000

Pitt targeted about 20,000 donors and potential donors to invite to the Discovery Weekend events, which the University is offering free-of-charge. About 1,500 accepted the invitation. According to Carol A. Carter, "We like to get the donors closer to campus to see the academic programs, and see students and faculty interact, to get a tangible […]

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