WHO WANTS YESTERDAY'S PAPERS?
A Symposium on the Research Value of Printed Materials in the Digital Age
March 1, 2002,
University of Maryland Libraries
McKeldin Library Special Events Room
Sponsored by the University of Maryland Libraries
College Park, MD 20704
(301) 405-9343 OR (301) 405-9346
This day long symposium will bring together scholars, information professionals and the general public in an exploration of changing perceptions regarding paper-based information resources. Leading experts will discuss why they use and preserve information in various formats, from files that are "born digital" to more traditional books and archival collections on paper.
The symposium, open to the public, will be held on March 1, 2002, at the University of Maryland Libraries in the McKeldin Library Special Events Room. The day is sponsored by the Maryland Humanities Council, the University of Maryland Libraries, and the University of Maryland College of Information Studies.
The program will begin by addressing human anxieties about the fragility of information and how society has responded to those anxieties.
The latter half of the morning session will focus on the information format needs of scholars: Are digital files sufficient replacements for book and paper materials? With so much emphasis on digital information, has society become sentimental about its books and documents? What is a research library's responsibility to save all books and journals in their original form?
The afternoon program will focus on the challenges involved in preserving information from the decision-making process to issues unique among different formats.
The event was planned in response to several recent publications that have called attention to the tensions and contradictions modern society faces in preserving and using information. These include the Council of Library and Information Resources' report, "Evidence in Hand: the Report of the Task Force on the Artifact in Library Collections," Nicolas Basbanes' "Patience and Fortitude: A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places and Book Culture," and Nicolson Baker's Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper."
Participants include Walter Cybulski, National Library of Medicine; Dr. Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland; Dr. Jordan Goodman, University of Maryland; Anne Kenney, Cornell University Library; Eric Lindquist, University of Maryland Libraries; Mark Roosa, Library of Congress; Doug McElrath, University of Maryland Libraries; Martha Nell-Smith, Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH); Dr. Abby Smith, Council on Library and Information Resources and other speakers.
A poster session will be held between the morning and afternoon sessions for students to showcase their related research.
Continental breakfast will be served in the morning, lunch will be available for pre-registered participants, and a reception will be held immediately following the symposium's close.
The deadline for registration will be February 15, 2002, and is $20 for the day for the general public and $10 for students. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or contact the University of Maryland Libraries Preservation Department at 301-405-9343.