ALA 2011 Roundtable: Websites of American Author Societies: What Are Their Goals?

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Call for Roundtable Participants: "Websites of American Author Societies: What Are Their Goals? Who Are They For?"
American Literature Association conference, Boston, May 26–29, 2011

The aim of the roundtable is to take stock of what American author societies are doing with their websites. Almost all such sites act as networks among specialized scholars, but some reach out to broader audiences--to general readers, teachers, graduate and undergraduate students, librarians, or others. Almost all sites seek to promote the work of their authors, but they have far different ideas about what promotion consists of. Some sites are small, simple, unadorned; some are large, complex, lavish. Some have special areas for kids, some have their own shops, some offer awards, some have commercial links, some are updated daily. . . .

The roundtable will act as a forum for considering the role that American author society websites play for different audiences today.

Please submit by January 10, 2011, a one-page statement about your experience with or interest in the maintenance of an American author society website.

Donna Campbell
Washington State University

Bernard Koloski
Kate Chopin International Society

Note: ALA convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also chair a session or participate in a roundtable.