Session J, Part 1, 10:30-11:30 am
The Librarian as Publisher: A Case Study
of a World Wide Web Publishing Project
Director of Library Services
Phillips Graduate Institute, North Hollywood, California
The World Wide Web has great potential as a publishing medium, both
for original electronic publications as well as for mirrored
(already in print) publications. Librarians, because of our
experience as information providers, should not hesitate to become
involved in Web publishing projects. This presentation will
describe the evolutionary experience of a Web-based electronic
journal, and will include a discussion of such issues as:
This presentation is designed for librarians who are interested in
Web publishing but who aren't quite sure how to get started. It
will deal with a broad range of legal, ethical, professional, and
technical issues, but the primary focus of the presentation will be
on the tremendous potential that exists for librarians who wish to
add value to the World Wide Web through publishing and organizing
- Why should librarians be involved in publishing on the Web?
- How did a print journal re-invent itself as a value-added, Web-
based electronic publication?
- What are the copyright ramifications of Web publishing?
- How and why does one "market" a Web publication? (or, If you
build it, will they come?)
- How should a Web journal be designed and organized?
- How can electronic documents on the Web be turned into a
- Should we create hyperlinks between and among articles? If so,
how many? Should the links be self-referential or external? What
are the limits to changing the nature of an article by adding "hot
- What are some of the ways that librarians can bring scholarly
information to the Web?