Executive Council member Dino Franco Felluga (Purdue University) will be presenting a paper on “NINES, RaVoN and the Place of the Libraries in Paperless Publication” at the American Library Association (ALA) conference in Chicago this July. For those of you planning to attend, this will be part of the Association of College and Research Libraries panel.
This talk argues that the digital revolution offers us a solution to the crisis in humanities scholarship but only if we embrace the radical changes this new medium entails. My major example of the new possibilities opened by the digital revolution will be the Mellon-funded (now University of Virginia funded) NINES initiative or Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-century Electronic Scholarship, though I will also discuss, by comparison, the more traditional editing project I’m involved with: RaVoN or Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net, the expansion of Romanticism on the Net into the Victorian period. RaVoN is a good example of a skeuomorphic approach to new media, NINES of the radical possibilities and challenges faced by digital scholarship. I would posit that NINES illustrates for us that editing and scholarship need to take up the challenge of new media, that new scholars must therefore be trained differently than they have been to date, and that libraries have a chance to play a central role in the future of scholarly publishing.
**Update** Read an exhibit based on Dino Felluga’s talk here.