New Release - 4th Ed. of Directory of Electronic Media

Wed, 18 May 1994 12:14:53 EDT

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The Association of Research Libraries announces publication of the
Fourth Edition of the hard-copy standard reference work for serials on
the Internet: the Directory of Electronic Journals, Newsletters, and
Academic Discussion Lists.

The extraordinary rate of expansion of microcomputers and linked
networks as vehicles for scholarly exchange, along with growth in the
rate of the use of the Internet, does not abate. The number of
journals, newsletters, and serial-like academic publications continues
to increase daily and scholarly communication expands in exciting new
ways. Although many journals, newsletters, and scholarly lists may be
accessed free of charge through Internet and affiliated networks, it is
not always simple to find what is available. The new edition of the
Directory is a compilation of entries for nearly 1800 scholarly lists
and some 440 electronic journals, newsletters, and related titles such
as newsletter-digests -- an increase in size of about 70% since the
third edition of April 1993 and 3.5 times since the first edition of
July 1991. The directory provides instructions for electronic access to
each publication. The objective is to assist the user in finding
relevant publications and connecting to them quickly, even if he or she
is not completely versed in the full range of user-access systems.

Diane Kovacs of the Kent State University Libraries continues to lead
the KSU team -- nine individuals who collaboratively created the fourth
edition's scholarly discussion lists and interest groups section.
Principal compiler of the journals and newsletters section is Lisabeth
A. King, Research Assistant for the ARL Office of Scientific & Academic
Publishing, with support from Dru Mogge, Electronic Services
Coordinator. Ann Okerson of the ARL/OSAP is overall project coordinator
for the printed directory.

The printed directory points to the widely available Kovacs files as the
free-of-charge Internet sources for the discussion lists section.
According to the OSAP, it is ARL's intent to make an abridged version of
the journals section available on its Internet server as well, during
summer, 1994. A diskette version will be available in June.

The Fourth Edition is produced in 8.5 x 11 paperbound format in 588
pages. Scholarly lists are grouped by broad subject areas, and journals
and newsletters are in alphabetical order. A substantial index of
keywords, titles, and institutional affiliations is provided. As in the
previous three years, frontmatter of value to electronic serial readers
is included.

A scholarly article, Geoffrey Nunberg's (Xerox PARC) "The Places of
Books in the Age of Electronic Representation," reprinted with
permission from the University of California Press journal
Representations (Spring 1993) leads. It is followed by other
commissioned articles related to electronic journals. Jean-Claude
Guedon, co-editor of the electronic journal Surfaces and a specialist in
the History of Science at the University of Montreal, contributes an
essay on "categorizing" serials in a new medium. Birdie MacLennan of
the University of Vermont has prepared a listing and assessment of sites
for electronic serials that are maintained by various organizations on
the Internet. Again, David Robison of NorthWestNet offers an updated
annual bibliography of articles on electronic publishing. A new
addition is Steve Outing's early listing of newspapers available on the
Internet, a project he has begun and hopes to expand in detail.

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