Former First Lady Barbara Bush Joins the Questia Media, Inc. Advisory Council; Harvard University Library Director, Xerox Chief Scientist and CNI Executive Also Join.Business Editors
HOUSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 30, 2000
Former First Lady Barbara Bush, Harvard University Library The Harvard University Library system comprises about 90 libraries, with more than 15 million volumes. It is the oldest library system in the United States and the largest academic library system in the world. Director Dr. Sidney Verba Sidney Verba is a political scientist who specializes in American and comparative politics. He is currently Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor at Harvard University and was director of the Harvard University Library from 1984 to 2007. , Xerox Corporation (company) XEROX Corporation -
See also XEROX PARC, XEROX Network Services. Chief Scientist Dr. John Seely Brown John Seely Brown (also known as JSB) is a researcher who specializes in organizational studies with a particular bent towards the organizational implications of computer-supported activities. and Coalition for Networked Information (CNI (1) (Certified NetWare Instructor) See Novell certification.
(2) (Coalition for Networked Information, Washington, DC, www.cni.org) A partnership of the Association of Research Libraries, CAUSE and EDUCOM, founded in 1990. ) Director Dr. Clifford Lynch Clifford A. Lynch is the executive director for the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) who lectures extensively in the US offering his perspective on trends concerning digital libraries, information policy, and emerging interoperability standards. will serve as the first members of the newly formed Questia Media, Inc. Advisory Council.
By giving strategic counsel and guidance to Questia's senior leadership team, they will influence the development of the world's foremost online research service. At launch in early 2001, the Questia service will provide subscribing undergraduates with unlimited, simultaneous access to its hyperlinked online collection of 50,000 scholarly books and journals in the liberal arts liberal arts, term originally used to designate the arts or studies suited to freemen. It was applied in the Middle Ages to seven branches of learning, the trivium of grammar, logic, and rhetoric, and the quadrivium of arithmetic, geometry, astronomy, and music. , combined with a suite of writing tools that will make composing com·pose
v. com·posed, com·pos·ing, com·pos·es
1. To make up the constituent parts of; constitute or form: papers faster and easier.
"These four extraordinary leaders, form an impressive foundation for the Questia Advisory Council," said Questia Founder and CEO (1) (Chief Executive Officer) The highest individual in command of an organization. Typically the president of the company, the CEO reports to the Chairman of the Board. Troy Williams. "Their collective wisdom and commitment to literacy and education will be invaluable in assisting us in understanding the public policy implications of the Questia service on higher education higher education
Study beyond the level of secondary education. Institutions of higher education include not only colleges and universities but also professional schools in such fields as law, theology, medicine, business, music, and art. specifically, and learning generally. Additionally, these perspectives will help us ensure the Questia service, which holds the promise of substantially broadening much of the world's access to scholarly content, is beneficial to each sector of society that it impacts."
Questia will transform the nature of academic research by providing students access to tens of thousands of liberal arts books and journals, which have hyperlinked footnotes and bibliographies for easy and seamless cross-referencing. The service encourages thorough academic research and ultimately fosters a richer learning experience by enabling users to conveniently and quickly explore many important scholarly works online. Questia's scholarly content is combined with tools that facilitate research and paper writing such as a citation Citation
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, and a number of other research tools are also included. The online collection is expected to grow to 250,000 liberal arts titles by 2003.
"Questia presents the first opportunity for individuals to access many important works on the Internet Internet
Publicly accessible computer network connecting many smaller networks from around the world. It grew out of a U.S. Defense Department program called ARPANET (Advanced Research Projects Agency Network), established in 1969 with connections between computers at the , expanding access to great books and furthering education worldwide," said former First Lady Barbara Bush. "It is imperative that the Internet provide students with the foundation and tools to compete in the 21st century. The first step on that path is enabling more people to have access to credible resources online."
"Clearly the mission and vision of Questia is to enable more people around the world to have access to quality information, much of which is available only in a limited number of large libraries today," added Harvard University Library Director Dr. Sidney Verba.
Questia Media Inc. Advisory Council members will serve for a two-year term, meeting twice annually to guide Questia's senior leadership team in setting strategic objectives and in applying their extensive knowledge to help Questia create a positive impact on education. Questia expects to name additional members to the Council over the next few months.
"The potential of the Internet to dramatically impact human learning has not been fully realized to date," Xerox Chief Scientist Dr. John Seely Brown said. "The innovation of the Questia service is an important step in enabling individuals to maximize the inherent potential of the Internet. A major focus of my research over the years has been in using technology to further human knowledge and promoting lifelong learning Lifelong learning is the concept that "It's never too soon or too late for learning", a philosophy that has taken root in a whole host of different organisations. Lifelong learning is attitudinal; that one can and should be open to new ideas, decisions, skills or behaviors. and I see Questia as instrumental in delivering on this mission."
"Questia is offering an innovative approach to the research process," CNI Director Dr. Clifford Lynch said. "It will enable people worldwide to have constant access to a first-rate undergraduate collection of materials in the humanities and social sciences; this should be a boon Boon
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Notes: not only to traditional college students, but to everyone involved in teaching, learning and research. And Questia's vision of integrating content with authoring and research tools moves us towards the goal of building digital libraries as amplifiers of intellectual productivity."
About the Council Members
-- Barbara Bush is a longtime advocate for literacy and education issues. In March 1989, she launched the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy, which distributes grants to existing literacy programs for both children and adults. The foundation has funded 204 literacy programs in 42 states. -- Dr. John Seely Brown is the Chief Scientist of Xerox Corporation where he has been deeply involved in corporate strategy, with his major focus in human learning and in the creation of knowledge ecologies for creating radical innovation. Until this summer he was also the Director of Xerox's Palo Alto Research Center. After stepping down from this position, Dr. Brown now splits his time between Chief Scientist of Xerox and the Chief Innovation Officer of 12 Entrepreneuring. He is a co-founder of the Institute for Research on Learning, a non-profit organization addressing the problems of lifelong learning. He is a member of the National Academy of Education and a Fellow of the American Association for Artificial Intelligence. Brown has a B.S. in Mathematics and Physics from Brown University and an M.S. in Mathematics and a Ph.D. in Computer and Communication Sciences from the University of Michigan. -- Dr. Clifford Lynch is Director of the Coalition for Network Information (CNI), which is concerned with the use of advanced information technology to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity. Prior to joining CNI in 1997, Dr. Lynch was Director of Library Automation for the University of California system. -- Dr. Sidney Verba is director of the Harvard University Library, the largest university library in the world, and a nationally renowned expert in the area of digital libraries. At Harvard, he has instituted the Library Digital Initiative, an effort to integrate the school's digital resources into the existing library structure. Dr. Verba is also a distinguished political scientist and a member of the National Academy of Sciences.
Founded in 1998, Questia Media, Inc. is building the first online service to provide unlimited access to the full text of hundreds of thousands of books and journals, as well as tools to easily use this information. For millions of college students and researchers, the Questia(SM) service will enable them to efficiently research and compose com·pose
v. com·posed, com·pos·ing, com·pos·es
1. To make up the constituent parts of; constitute or form: papers at any time, from every connected corner of the world. Based in Houston with more than 270 employees, Questia is delivering on the true promise of the Internet by providing access to a wealth of human knowledge. Visit www.questia.com for more information and to receive a free one-month trial subscription.