Tuesday, May 15, 2007

So many of you to thank for keeping me hot!

Danielle S. Allen

Dean of the Division of the Humanities
University of Chicago

Henry S. Bienen

Northwestern University

William G. Bowen

Senior Research Associate/President Emeritus
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Laura N. Brown

Former President
Oxford University Press

Nancy M. Cline

Roy E. Larsen Librarian
Harvard College

Ira H. Fuchs

Vice President for Research in Information Technology
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Kevin M. Guthrie

Chairman, JSTOR Board of Trustees

Mary Patterson McPherson

Vice President
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation

Michele Tolela Myers

Sarah Lawrence College

W. Taylor Reveley, III

Dean, The Marshall-Wythe School of Law
The College of William and Mary

Judith Shapiro

Barnard College

Michael Spinella

Executive Director

Stephen M. Stigler

Ernest DeWitt Burton Distinguished Service Professor in Statistics
University of Chicago

Herbert S. Winokur, Jr.

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer
Capricorn Holdings, Inc.

Trustees Emeriti

Richard De Gennaro

Founding Trustee Emeritus, JSTOR
Roy E. Larsen Librarian, Emeritus
Harvard College

Charles R. Ellis

Founding Trustee Emeritus, JSTOR
Senior Advisor, Former President and Chief Executive Officer
John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Richard C. Levin

Trustee Emeritus, JSTOR
Yale University

Cathleen Morawetz

Founding Trustee Emeritus, JSTOR
Professor Emeritus
New York University

Dr. James Carmichael Renick

Founding Trustee Emeritus, JSTOR
North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University
Greensboro, NC

Gilbert R. Whitaker, Jr.

Founding Trustee Emeritus, JSTOR
Dean and Professor of Business Economics
Rice University

R. Elton White

Founding Trustee Emeritus, JSTOR
Former President
NCR Corporation

JSTOR: Guarding the Back Door to the Palace of Wisdom since August, 1995, with an able assist from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. 2004 990-PF.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tom -

Your recent posts captured my attention.

I was wondering if you'd be interested in discussing the varied concerns you've expressed (and perhaps some you haven't).

Happy to have an offline conversation, if that works best.


Bruce Heterick
Director, Library Relations
JSTOR | ARTstor | Portico | Aluka

5/15/2007 7:54 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

I'd welcome an opportunity to understand JSTOR, Bruce. Please contact me if you'd like at tom (at) urbanrubbish (dot) com.

5/15/2007 9:26 PM  
Blogger fpaynter said...

Tom, I hope you'll be able to share regarding your communication with Bruce Heterick. You are not the only person online to experience the frustration of hitting the wall of JSTOR.

5/15/2007 11:29 PM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

I hope so too, fp. It would be interesting to know how many people experience that frustration, and how often.

5/16/2007 6:57 AM  
Blogger fpaynter said...

There are several specific instances that I briefly noted in my blog over the last year that illustrate the impediment to community awareness caused by draconian intellectual property rules associated with electronic serialization. One is here, from last July, when I needed some information to buttress some writing I was doing about energy alternatives. The article, from 1982, would cost $25 to read for a non-JSTOR member.

Since then, I've written five posts expressing my frustration at the lack of a way to gain JSTOR access. I have two other specific projects, (not "mere" idle surfage, although plenty of that too) that would benefit from my access. One is time bound. A friend died and his journal articles from the sixties (that should have been long in the public domain by now) are online, but behind the JSTOR firewall. I had hoped to print some copies and have them available on a table where we will have photos and such. The other current need I have relates to some longer term research I'm doing on the prison system, incarceration policies, and so forth. Mountains of data exist just the other side of the JSTOR wall.

Tear down the wall! Or, if that's too rough an image, let's remodel it and put in some little doors and windows.

5/16/2007 8:28 AM  
Blogger Tom Matrullo said...

"The miscellaneous order is not transforming only business. It is changing how we think about the world itself is organized - perhaps more important - who we think has the authority to tell us so." - Weinberger.

I'd read your excellent review but didn't recall you'd pointed to JSTOR among other private troves.

5/16/2007 10:15 AM  

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