Kathleen Fitzpatrick is Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association and Visiting Research Professor of English at New York University. She is the author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy. Fitzpatrick is co-founder of the digital scholarly network MediaCommons, a community network promoting exploration of new forms of publishing. MediaCommons was founded with the support of the Institute for the Future of the Book, and with assistance from the National Endowment for the Humanities. It supports the production of and access to a wide range of intellectual writing and media production. Fitzpatrick specializes in digital media, and especially the changes in literature and scholarship resulting from the development of networked communication technologies.