From an email, for those who are going to be around Boston on October 29: Boston University Libraries are pleased to announce the 2010 Fall Lecture on Open Access.

WHO: Kathleen Fitzpatrick Professor, Department of Media Studies, Pomona College

WHAT: Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy

WHEN: Friday, October 29, 2010, 3-5pm

WHERE: Photonics 206, 8 St. Mary Street, Boston, MA

In addition to her many fellowships, awards, articles and media projects, Fitzpatrick is Co-coordinating Editor and Press Director of MediaCommons. She is the author of The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television (Nashville, TN: Vanderbilt University Press, 2006).

The book was named an Outstanding Academic Title˛ by Choice by the Association of College and Research Libraries, and selected as a łbook of the month˛ by the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies.

Fitzpatrick is currently working on a book-length project focusing on the social and institutional changes necessary to developing the digital future of scholarly publishing, under contract to New York University Press. Manuscript completed; undergoing second-round review. Available for open peer review online at

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