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On Tuesday, November 20, 2012 from 3:00-4:30 pm in 165 Thompson Library, the Humanities Institute and the Digital Arts and Humanities Working Group hosted a panel discussion on "Digital Publishing in the Arts and Humanities." Panelists Melanie Schlosser (The Ohio State University Libraries), Cynthia Selfe (The Ohio State University, Department of English), and Wayne Carlson (The Ohio State University, Vice Provost for Undergraduate Studies and Dean of Undergraduate Education) explored ways in which publishing is changing in the arts and humanities, and led a discussion on the opportunities and pitfalls inherent in the world of digital publishing. The digital environment has enabled exciting new forms of scholarship, and made it possible to communicate and collaborate more openly and effectively. It also poses significant challenges for the traditional, print-based publishing ecosystem, and for those responsible for evaluating scholarship – including promotion and tenure committees. Panelists explored these issues with a diverse audience of OSU faculty and staff.


Digital Publishing in the Arts and Humanities in four parts. [Part One:] Digital Publishing in the Arts and Humanities: An Overview (Melanie Schlosser). This presentation explores the history of scholarly publishing and current trends in the area of modern publishing, especially on digital platforms. Melanie Schlosser covers the evolution of scholarly publishing to suggest ways in which the academic environment has outgrown traditional mechanisms for sharing research and new opportunities for transforming scholarship, both in the dissemination of new knowledge and collaborative development of research. She provides examples of where the digital environment is furthering publishing economics, presentation of works, peer review, and collaboration as well as creating new challenges, such as in the area of rights. [Part Two:] A More Capacious Conception: Long-form Scholarship in Digital Environments (Cynthia Selfe). Cynthia Selfe discusses her experience with OSU’s gradual transition to embracing digital scholarship, including the different responses of the OSU Press and the OSU Libraries to the digital environment. She provides several examples of projects from Computers and Composition Digital Press ( that suggest opportunities for OSU growth in this area. She examines the unique opportunities provided by digital platforms for enhancing the learning experience, sharing knowledge and expanding literacies. [Part Three:] Experiences with Electronic Educational Publishing (Wayne Carlson). Carlson reviews his long experience with using multimedia platforms to communicate scholarship in the area of computer animation. He shares different methods his colleagues have used to share scholarship, enhance learning, collaborate around discovery and move beyond the limitations of text. He recounts how video, hypertext, web sites, and electronic text books have moved scholarly publishing towards a more flexible, dynamic teaching and research environment. Through examining his past experience, Carlson explores the challenges and developments of digital tools in terms of authorship and appropriate delivery. [Part Four:] Digital Publishing in the Arts and Humanities Q&A Session. A portion of the Q&A session following the presentations of the panel for “Digital Publishing in the Arts and Humanities” records audience questions about digital publishing and insights into how we might develop initiatives at The Ohio State University.
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digital publishing, scholarly publishing, digital scholarship, long-form digital scholarship, electronic educational publishing