An Academic Hopes to Take the MLA Into the Social Web

In 2006 Kathleen Fitzpatrick proposed that scholars should place drafts of their monographs online and leave them open to comments, in other words peer review, from other interested and knowledgeable scholars. Receiving positive feedback, she co-founded a project called MediaCommons that provided an open access vehicle for garnering online scholarly peer review of books. Recently hired by the Modern Language Association, Ms. Fitzpatrick is now endeavoring to construct a bloglike platform, called MLA Commons, for the over 30,000 members of the MLA.

For a full report of this project see the article by Jeffrey R. Young in the Chronicle.