September 22, 1999
Donald H. Kraft
Thanks go to Albert Henderson for reacting to my article
“Postmodern Information Science and its ‘Journal’.” His remarks suggest two realities that are hard to deny:
University of Washington pays me a salary and supplies me with an office,
a computer and other sundries.
Sitting in that office and drawing that salary, I wrote “Postmodern
Information Science and its ‘Journal’.”
The University of Washington subscribes to JASIS. When the university received JASIS,
volume 50, number 11, the taxpayers of the state of Washington had, in
effect, paid twice for that article.
publication cycle of academic journals is speedier that the publication
cycle of academic books. All other
things equal, the former is measured in months and the latter is measured
in years. If I’m a scholar with
time-sensitive results, it makes sense to use the speediest venue
possible. My contention is that
the Internet will be that venue for many scholars in the future.
A more complete version of “Postmodern Information Science
and its ‘Journal’” can be found at http://faculty.washington.edu/tabrooks/Documents/postmodern.html.
Terrence A. Brooks
University of Washington