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Jonathan Haber


I have consistently shaped print and Web resources for research, policy, and education in the arts and sciences. Publishing experience includes project leadership, content acquisition and design, writing and development, marketing strategies, and assessment. My goal is to draw on all my skills, integrating new contributors and new technologies.


Bringing new ideas to print and online publications for education, scholarship, and the public.

Freelance editor: Pearson, A-W, Appleton, Cambridge, Garland, Wiley, LearningMate, and most recently Worth, American Federation for the Blind, Revel/Aptara, and Words & Numbers.

Freelance development projects have included leading texts in calculus-based physics, astronomy, American government, microbiology, economics, health psychology, and vision impairment. The AFB title on making life more livable has won the 2016 Susan & Paul Ponchillia Publication Award.

Development editor: Oxford University Press, 2006–2012

Feature creation and editing in light of content, vision, market research, and competition. Guidelines for design and production; profitability analysis; marketing materials; sales presentations; management of assistants, freelancers, and book-team members.

  • Successful projects out in final year and a half alone include first-editions in logic, nonmajors biology, international relations, constitutional law, American government, animal behavior, history of architecture, and others.
  • Other top-selling recent projects include Vaughn, Bioethics (market leader in its first edition), Vaughn, Power of Critical Thinking (moved from also-ran to tied for market leader in its third edition), and McKee/McKee, Biochemistry (best sales year ever, despite starting from a lower base and against entrenched competition that leaped ahead of cycle).

New Media Editor: New York Academy of Sciences, 2003–2005

Develop content and produce Web publications for a leading nonprofit, http://www.nyas.org, as the critical tool in mobilizing membership, outreach, and scholarly impact:

  • A critical role: Manage and edit freelance writers, set editorial guidelines, write and research articles, coordinate with Academy programs, and produce and help publicize the product and its multimedia features—with sole authorship and coding for many features.
  • Fast-paced content: eBriefings and other detailed reports on major conferences and publications in psychology, medicine, the environment, and careers in academia.
  • A database-driven structure: Homesite, Dreamweaver, Photoshop, PowerPoint, Articulate Presenter, and Access, as tools in an asp site structure, after full-site conversion from cfml.
  • Award winning: Recipient of the ninth annual Webby in the nonprofit category.

Editor: Columbia University Press, 1998–2003

Sole editor for columbia earthscape, http://www.earthscape.org/, a key resource for scholars, policy, and outreach in Earth sciences. Acquisitions, development, fund raising, design and technical support, research, and writing to bring an innovative project to life:

  • Constantly expanding content: From sources all over the world—not just links, but searchable full text, images, data sets, unique e-seminars, textbooks, and interactive models.
  • Connecting research to education: Using the Web to encourage new classroom approaches and active learning. "Though many Internet sites address environmental issues, few measure up to the university-level emphasis of columbia earthscape" (Choice, November 2000).
  • Authorship: Active creation of "Today's Earth News," "Classroom Models," a Conference Calendar, and other of the site's hundreds of pages.
  • Pioneering Webcasts: Breaking news, live conference video, and ongoing research missions—alongside text of research reports, entire books and journals, and classroom experiments.
  • Critical assessment phase: Redesigned XML-driven interface, reflecting more than a year of classroom testing, surveys, focus groups, and user feedback.
  • Commercial partnerships: Content and interfaces tailored to college publishers, with John Wiley & Sons.
  • A new public-interest magazine, Earth Affairs: Online only, commissioned from top scientists to engage public debate on Earth's future.
  • Award winning: Cited by the Scout Report and the Association of Research Libraries; named online math/science publication of the year by the Association of American Publishers.

Interactive Web design: 1996–

  • haberarts.com: My Web page, http://www.haberarts.com/—the most comprehensive review of contemporary art and art history anywhere online, with upmarket pages views.
  • Interactive chemistry assignments: Storyboard-structured Web tutorial for Prentice-Hall.
  • Universe 4.0, the CD-ROM (Kaufmann): In conjunction with a solid revision of a traditional book, this project for W. H. Freeman added the first CD-ROM "textbook" in the sciences.
  • Others: Interactive Web design for artists, including Alison A. Raimes, http://www.raimes.com/.

Development editor: W. H. Freeman, 1989–1998

Each of these titles, all with multimedia packaging, had their best editions ever:

  • Universe (Kaufmann/Freedman). A market leader's best seller ever.
  • Fundamentals of Abnormal Psychology (Comer). Accessible offshoot from a steady seller.
  • Abnormal Psychology (Comer): With the look of a popular magazine and scholarly balance, this text packaged with interactive video clips took off in its third edition.
  • Chemistry: Matter, Molecules, and Change (Atkins/Jones): Once formally dropped after two editions, it became the year's top budgeted title. First-year sales increased 230 percent world wide, 70 percent domestically, over its second edition.
  • Discovering the Universe (Kaufmann/Comins) and its CD-ROM: With a new, untried author and a fresh vision, sales roughly tripled in this 4th edition and its Media Update.
  • Quantitative Chemical Analysis (Harris): This edition, with built-in spreadsheet tutorial, swept two-thirds of its market.

Physics editor: W. H. Freeman, 1992

Responsibility for a new list until corporate restructuring eliminated the position. Contacts in physics, astronomy, and multimedia led to an award-winning trade title.

Development editor: Harper & Row, 1985–1989

Disciplines ranged widely:

  • Physics with Health Science Applications (Urone): The first successful text in its market.
  • The Harper American Literature (McQuade et al.): The anthology that at last gave voice to all of America's heritage, including women and minorities.


A.B. physics: Princeton University, 1977

Computer and multimedia expertise

HTML, XML/DTD, PHP, SQL/MySQL, Windows networking, Office, Access, Lotus 1-2-3, Paradox, Quark, BASIC, and FORTRAN:

  • My active Webzine: Haberarts.com, converted to XHTML with Visual Basic macros, HomeSite, Dreamweaver, and JavaScript for the search engine and other features.
  • Its Web graphics: styled and animated in Photoshop, Corel PhotoPaint, and Flash.
  • Developed: A textbook in Pascal.

Other Publications

Of the extensive writing in the arts, science, and education on behalf of haberarts.com or columbia earthscape, portions have appeared elsewhere online, in class, and in other publications. Many have appeared as well on ArtBistro, where I was a regular contributor. Also serves on the board of Associated Artists of Portland.

References on request.

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