ERIC Number: ED387145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993
Reference Count: N/A
Changing Roles in Information Distribution. 1994 NFAIS Report Series, 1.
Cunningham, Ann Marie, Ed.; Wicks, Wendy, Ed.
This report tracks the evolution of information through the eyes of the five traditional "players"--author, primary publisher, secondary publisher, distributor, and information consumer. It maps the trajectory of publishing through the media landscape--from print to online to CD-ROM to networks. Representatives from each constituency describe the impact of the following factors on their identities and missions in the distribution chain: vertical integration/consolidation; economics and pricing; proprietary rights; ownership information; data scrutiny; peer review; liability issues; formats/media; multimedia permissions; and changing distribution flows. Future changes in the roles of the five players during an era of evolving distribution technologies and industry consolidation are analyzed. The five chapters are: "The Author in the Digital Environment" (Elisabeth Davenport); "The Publisher's Position: Survival in an Electronic World" (Robert Campbell); "The Evolving Information Chain and Secondary Publishers" (Dennis Auld and Nancy J. Jamiolkowski); "The Changing Business of Information Distribution" (John A. Hearty and Robert D. Smith); and "The Information Consumer in Transition" (Barbara Quint). (Each chapter has several references.) (MAS)
Descriptors: Authors, Delivery Systems, Diffusion (Communication), Electronic Publishing, Futures (of Society), Information Dissemination, Information Industry, Information Technology, Publishing Industry, Users (Information)
National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services, 1429 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102.
Publication Type: Books; Collected Works - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Federation of Abstracting and Information Services, Philadelphia, PA.