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Computers and Writing 2007 Online Call for Proposals

The CCCC Committee on Computers in Composition and Communication (7Cs)invites all interested institutions to submit proposals to host Computers and Writing (CW) 2007 Online.

As many of you know, each year we have a fantastic face-to-face CW conference and each year a separate, online conference is held. If you would like to propose to host the Online 2007 CW conference, please visit our website at

Because we are in the midst of revising the proposal process, please ignore the deadlines on the web page for proposing to host CW 2007 online. Please note that the online conference need not follow the models of the past either in timing or in format. And we can offer any team expert advising in the timing or in format. And we can offer any team expert advising in the form of past online chairs and team members.

Open Access Webliography

Adrian K. Ho and Charles W. Bailey, Jr. have made available online a pre-print of their article"Open Access Webliography" (Reference Services Review 33.3 (2005): 346-364).

From the abstract:

The paper aims to present a wide range of useful freely available internet resources (e.g. directories, e-journals, FAQs, mailing lists, and weblogs) that allow the reader to investigate the major aspects of the important open access (OA) movement. Design/methodology/approach - The internet resources included in this webliography were identified during the course of one of the authors writing the Open Access Bibliography: Liberating Scholarly Literature with E-prints and Open Access Journals. The authors evaluated, selected, categorized, and annotated these resources to construct this webliography, which complements the bibliography. Findings - The most useful resources have been annotated and organized into webliography sections. For example, the "Starting Points", "Debates", and "General Information" sections list resources that orient the reader to OA and the issues involved. The different "Directories (and Guides)" sections alert the reader to useful finding aids on relevant subjects. Originality/value - This webliography provides easy access to the most relevant internet resources for understanding and practicing OA. It affirms the significance of OA in scholarly communication, and it identifies the key parties involved in and/or contributing to the OA movement.

Self marketing and academic branding

In a Chronicle first-person column, Michael J. Bugeja suggests that academics need to start using the internet to brand themselves and their work. Although he states that he's "not a fan of academic branding," he offers the following observation

Take a look at your department's or school's promotion and tenure guidelines. Chances are, as in my school, promotion to associate professor requires that the candidate be "a significant contributor to the field or profession, with the potential for national distinction." According to our rules, promotion to professor requires that candidates "be recognized by his/her professional peers within the university, as well as nationally and/or internationally, for the quality of the contribution to his/her discipline."

Social Bookmarking Tool Comparison has created a Social Bookmarking Tool Comparison resource in an effort to keep track of and compare social bookmarking tools. From their site:

"Introduction Purpose
This article looks at the evolving crop of social bookmarking tools, their functionality and examples of use. The goal is to help nonprofits understand the value of using social bookmarking tools and to determine which social bookmarking tool would be serve their needs. This is directed at nonprofit uses of these tools."

Walter J. Ong Conference @ Saint Louis University, April 7-8, 2005

Saint Louis University will host a two-day conference, "Language, Culture, and Identity: The Legacy of Walter J. Ong, S.J.," April 7-8, 2005.

The registration fee of $50 includes a box lunch on Thursday, refreshments after all sessions, and a gala dinner on Thursday evening. Capacity at Cupples House, site of the dinner, is limited, so reservations must be made no later than March 17. If you choose not to attend the dinner, the registration fee is $15.

A block of rooms at The Water Tower Inn on the SLU campus for those who will be visiting St. Louis for the conference. Please contact Susan Manning to register and to ask about hotel reservations at The Water Tower Inn or for recommendations for other area accommodations. Her e-mail address is



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