Kathleen FitzpatrickKathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University. Prior to assuming this role in 2017, she served as Associate Executive Director and Director of Scholarly Communication of the Modern Language Association, where she was Managing Editor of PMLA and other MLA publications. During that time, she also held appointments as Visiting Research Professor of English at NYU and Visiting Professor of Media at Coventry University. Before joining the MLA staff in 2011, she was Professor of Media Studies at Pomona College, where she had been a member of the faculty since 1998.

Fitzpatrick is author of Generous Thinking: A Radical Approach to Saving the University, published by Johns Hopkins University Press in February 2019. She is also author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy, which was published by NYU Press in November 2011 and released href=”http://mediacommons.futureofthebook.org/mcpress/plannedobsolescence/”>for open peer review in fall 2009, and The Anxiety of Obsolescence: The American Novel in the Age of Television, published in 2006 by Vanderbilt University Press (and of course available in print).

Fitzpatrick is project director of Humanities Commons, an open-access, open-source network serving more than 17,000 scholars and practitioners in the humanities. She is also co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, where she led a number of experiments in open peer review and other innovations in scholarly publishing. She is a member of the editorial or advisory boards of publications and projects including the Open Library of the Humanities, Luminos, the Open Annotation Collaboration, PressForward, and thresholds. She currently serves on the boards of directors of the Council on Library and Information Resources and of the Educopia Institute.

For further information, please see my CV.

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  2. Dear Kathleen,

    I am organising an online discussion (in the comment threads) for the Guardian this Friday about altmetrics and research impact measurement, and would love to have you on the panel.

    If you would like to know more, please do send me an email. I look forward to hearing from you.

    Kind regards,

  3. Hello,
    My name is Luna and I am a junior. Currently I am writting a research paper about planned obsolescence and wondered if you could briefly elaborate about one of my questions. The question is: What are some ways planned obsolescence benefits the economy? I hope this gets to you soon and thank you for your time.


  4. Hello Kathleen, my name is Fabiano Caruso and I am an open science researcher in Brazil.

    I actually read a passage from you and remembered a project we tried to implement by building a brand and bringing together researchers to collaboratively research, publish and create online courses.

    Then I had an idea to take this concept and take it to a public library, so just as the collaborative network solved the issue of research and publishing, it still needed to solve an important issue: memory and social mobilization – because the internet can look democratic, but the information technology governance model is not that open.

    So I started to think of a platform concept that could connect digital communities with face-to-face environments – and that would require opening libraries. Open it, remove automation, control, and everything from collections, and open bookshelves, catalogs, and everything to the research communities.

    In the end I was able to develop the platform, but the project was eventually banned by legislation to be implemented in Brazil – and I’m adapting it for home environments.

    I believe we need to create approaches to connect face-to-face environments to people-centered digital interfaces …

    Learn a little more at extralibris.org


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