Information Studies


INSTG038/39/40 Electronic Publishing A/B1/B2

This module provides a critical overview of the world of electronic publishing, whether commercial or non-commercial, and discusses various different types of products and techniques used in electronic publishing. The module is delivered with the aid of visiting speakers from the publishing industry, and the library and information profession, class discussion, and practical sessions in a computer lab. Topics covered include: electronic journals and open access; Web 2.0; metadata and sustainability; digitisation and preservation; human computer interaction; and the development of new digital products.

Learning outcomes: By the end of the module students will have an understanding of the development of the electronic publishing industry and its current state, an awareness of the opportunities of the information revolution for traditional publishing practices. They will demonstrate ability to work in groups and to present their ideas both verbally and in writing.

Assessment: Group coursework consisting of a report and oral presentation, plus an individual essay.

Core module for: none

Optional for: MA LIS, MA/MSc DH, MSc IS, MA Publishing, MA Translation Studies. This module is also available for short course students

Taught by:
Simon Mahony


  • Monday from 14:00 to 17:00 in Term one.
  • Location: Rockefeller Building 333 (map) [74, HUNTLEY STREET, WC1E 6AU]
  • Followed by Bedford Way (26) G11 Public Cluster (map) [26 BEDFORD WAY, WC1H 0DS]

Information for prospective students:  an indication of the module structure and some preliminary reading.

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