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Scholars | Teachers | Libraries, Archives, & Museums | Artists, Writers, & Enthusiasts

Scholars

Create electronic publications that might not fit within traditional publishing models. Scholars without previous experience with blogging tools can use Anthologize to sketch ideas, collaborate with co-authors, edit and develop research notes into arguments, publish conference proceedings, and engage in public scholarly communication without the typical barriers.

  • Edit an anthology of thematically related posts.
  • Take field notes and organize them into a research notebook.
  • Brainstorm ideas and edit them into longer pieces.
  • Publish informal conference proceedings.

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Teachers

When class is over, don’t abandon the class blog: package it as a book! Teachers and students at the secondary and post-secondary levels are transforming classroom practice with the use of blogs, wikis, and social media. These platforms facilitate new types of shared and collaborative authorship, formal and informal writing, and peer review and critical conversation over the course of a semester. However, once the semester ends all of that collective work may be lost in a course site that lays fallow or eventually disappears. Anthologize is an important tool for securing this work by allowing teachers and students to collect, edit, and publish their work in multiple formats.

For example, read this post in the Profhacker column on the Chronicle for Higher Ed website that illustrates how one professor uses Anthologize.

  • Edit student work into an e-portfolio that can be kept after graduation.
  • Gather and edit student contributions from a class.
  • Organize lecture notes and other sources into a course packet.

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Libraries, Archives, & Museums

Library, Archive, and Museum staff are increasingly using blogs to engage visitors and users in new and exciting ways. Publishing online gives the public behind-the-scenes access, richer engagement with collections and staff, and increased connection to our institutions and their future. However, cultural heritage practitioners are understandably concerned about the impermanence of online platforms. Anthologize provides the opportunity to publish online work in multiple formats suitable for archiving.

  • Publish research or processing activity on a blog and create the exhibition book from blog posts.
  • Pull together blog posts across institutional divisions to create a topically coherent publication.
  • Edit the proceedings of a professional workshop or conference to share expertise with new audiences.
  • Anthologize a behind-the-scenes blog to offer as a gift to donors.
  • Collect and preserve online publications.
  • Document social media outreach programs.

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Artists, Writers, & Enthusiasts

With a few clicks gather content on a particular theme or project, edit these items, and produce a book. For example, publish a collection of creative writing, a cookbook, or step-by-step instructions for a craft project.

  • Produce a chapbook of poetry, or a retrospective collection.
  • Create a portfolio of work to send to clients or art galleries.
  • Organize creative writing, such as National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo) work.
  • Solicit and print submissions from authors around a particular theme for an anthology.
  • Offer tutorials or publish a catalog.
  • Publish a family history with text, photos and documents.

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