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Important Changes to the World Shakespeare
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 14.2478  Tuesday, 6 January 2004

From:           Jim Harner <
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Date:           Wednesday, 07 Jan 2004 11:10:44 -0600
Subject:        Important Changes to the World Shakespeare Bibliography

The annual print World Shakespeare Bibliography (covering 2002) is now
in-press. When you open a copy, you will find the following preface:

Regular users of the annual World Shakespeare Bibliography will notice
immediately that this year's volume is about 600-700 entries shorter
than its recent predecessors. This decline is not the result of a
reduction in the number of publications about Shakespeare, but rather
reflects our decision to include entries for productions, audio and
video recordings, and films in only the World Shakespeare Bibliography
Online <http://www.worldshakesbib.org>.

This is the first stage in the transformation of the World Shakespeare
Bibliography into a completely electronic resource. Next year's
Bibliography, which will be the final printed volume, will exclude
reviews of books that were listed in earlier bibliographies.

Discontinuing the annual print volume will allow the Bibliography staff
to devote substantially more time and resources to improving the
coverage and currency of the award-winning World Shakespeare
Bibliography Online. And, savings in production costs will allow for the
expansion of the number of articles and reviews that Shakespeare
Quarterly can publish each year.

Moving to an all-electronic World Shakespeare Bibliography will offer
researchers a resource that best meets their needs and best reflects
Shakespeare Quarterly's commitment to proving *the* record of
Shakespeare scholarship and productions worldwide. [end of preface]

So that we don't inadvertently overlook a publication or production and
so that we can optimize the currency of our coverage, I urge you all to
keep me informed of your publications (including reviews) and
productions--and to send along offprints/copies of publications that we
might have trouble tracking down. (Please send copies to me at the
address below.)

Jim Harner
Editor, World Shakespeare Bibliography
Department of English
Texas A&M University
College Station, TX 77843-4227

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