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(r)Evolutionary (e)Books Travelling Tour: Never Think of a Book in the Same Way, Again

William Harroff, Charlotte Johnson.

(r)Evolutionary (e)Books is a cutting edge, online happening, the brainchild of William Harroff and Charlotte Johnson, who have been both book artists and librarians for twenty years and are noteworthy ebook evangelists. The "Brother Bill & Sister Char (r)Evolutionary (e)Books Traveling Tour" has included presentations in art departments; academic, public and private libraries; METRO; the Illinois State Library; as well as professional conferences such as the Library and Information Technology Association National Forum; the Illinois Library Association and the first joint conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America / Visual Resources Association.

Harroff and Johnson place electronic texts (etexts, ejournals, ebooks) into their proper historical context in order to recognize ebooks as the latest evolutionary stage in the extraordinary history of the book. Ebook authoring tools such as Acrobat, StorySpace, MSWord RMR, etc., will be discussed as a solution for content creators of all kinds. The authors will also discuss means of adapting their (r)Evolutionary (e)Books programming model to successfully introduce, integrate & promote ebooks into institutions for the benefit of their own unique communities. Lists of the best ebooks in a variety of categories will be provided, as well. The end result is that viewers expand their definition of ebooks beyond the narrow definition propagated by commercial publishers.

Finally, viewers will experience the wealth of ebook forms through demonstrations of critically acclaimed ebook projects such as Simon Biggs' Babel, John Klima's Jack & Jill, Octavo's Kelmscott Chaucer and Shelley Jackson's Patchwork Girl. The exhibited bookworks explore significant issues such as the redefinition of the reading, writing and artmaking processes, literacy, preservation, the future of information delivery, and digital rights management.


William Harroff  (United States)
Reference & Information Technologies Librarian, Assistant Professor
Holman Library
McKendree College

Harroff has received an NEA Regional fellowship, an NEA RAP grant, a Ragdale Foundation residency and top honors in several international art competitions. He holds degrees with Highest Distinction from Purdue, Indiana University and the ISBK (Austria). His artwork has been profiled in leading art journals such as AfterImage, Art Calendar and Contemporary Impressions. He has lectured extensively on electronic bookworks and has held faculty positions at McKendree College, SIUE and Oklahoma State.

Charlotte Johnson
Director of User Services, Associate Professor

Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville

Director of User Services at SIUE's Lovejoy Library with a B.S. in Art Education and an M.A. in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin, has been creating artist's books since the 1970s.

  • Innovative program model
  • Bridging the digital divide
  • Online happening
  • Bookworks
  • Digital gallery
  • Ebook evolution
  • Ebook authoring

(60 min Workshop, English)