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The Second International Conference on New Directions in the Humanities

Digital Dilemmas: The Transformation of Scholarly Discourse in the Humanities

Prof. Anna H. Perrault, Ron Blazek.

The last two decades of the 20th century brought rapid and cataclysmic change to the industrialized world with the introduction and then invasion of computer technology into every aspect of life. By the 1980s, dissemination of scholarly research had migrated from journals and books produced by scholarly societies and presses to the for-profit sector. As the corporate publishers began reaping profits from the scholarly enterprise, electronic publication and “taking back” the dissemination of research were solutions proposed to make the publication of research affordable for academe. Yet these solutions were also problematic. The “Digital Dilemma” is posed by the need to take advantage of technological dissemination of information juxtaposed with older traditions of the academy. The information commons of the Internet provides a broader international audience for scholarship and to survive in the “information society” the humanities need to address a broader public. The paper includes research into the changing information seeking behavior of humanists in the 21st century. The issues posed by the “Digital Dilemma” and the changes taking place in humanities scholarship which address those issues are explored.


Prof. Anna H. Perrault  (United States)
School of Library and Information Science
University of South Florida

Anna H. Perrault is Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at the University of South Florida. She received the Ph.D in Information Studies from the Florida State University in 1994. Perrault is widely published and is internationally know for her bibliometric research in academic library collections. Her latest study is of the monographic records in OCLC's WorldCat.

Ron Blazek  (United States)

School of Information Studies, the Florida State University

  • Scholarly communication
  • Information seeking behavior of humanists

(Virtual Presentation, English)