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Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age

Friday, October 6, 2017 - 9:00am to 7:30pm
Reception to follow
Free and open to the public

Please register for all or some of the forum events here.

Credit Lovely Valentine

Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age

This event will be held at Boston University Law School Auditorium, 685 Commonwealth Avenue

The role of libraries and archives in our digital age is a pressing concern for humanists, scholars, and citizens. Now, more than ever, the accessibility of historical information, the sharing of resources, and the uses of digitization raise questions central to democratic society. This forum brings together specialists from academia, libraries, government, and philanthropic and commercial archives to pursue common questions about value across the institutional boundaries that typically separate us.

After a brief introduction, each panelist will speak for approximately 20 minutes, and the session will close with a discussion led by the moderator that will include time for questions from the audience.

Refreshments will be served during mid-panel breaks and lunch will be available between the panels for those requesting it, in Barristers Hall, across from the Law School Auditorium.

The reception on Friday evening is hosted by the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center on the first floor of 771 Commonwealth Avenue.

The Forum is co-sponsored by the Boston University Center for the Humanities, the Boston University College and Graduate School of the Arts & Sciences, the Boston University Office of the Provost, the Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University, the Boston Public Library, and the Boston Athenæum.

9 am to 1 pm
Panel I: Setting Directions for Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age
Introduced by Robert Hudson, University Librarian, Boston University, and moderated by Jack Ammerman, Associate University Librarian for Digital Initiatives and Open Access, Boston University

Jeannette Bastian, Simmons School of Library and Information Sciences
Radical Recordkeeping: How Community Archives Are Changing How We Think About Records

Dan Cohen, Digital Public Library of America; Northeastern University
From Open Access to Maximal Access

David Ferriero, National Archives of the United States
Creating a Digital Future for Federal Records

Alberto Manguel, National Library of Argentina
The Library as Biography

Vita Paladino, Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at Boston University
Crossing Oceans to Present Recorded Lives to the Future

2 to 5:30 pm
Panel II: Digital Scholarship and Practice
Introduced by Peter Schwartz, World Languages & Literatures, Boston University, and moderated by Vika Zafrin, Digital Scholarship Librarian, Boston University

Ellen Cushman, Northeastern University
Supporting Manuscript Translation in Library and Archival Collections: Toward Decolonial Translation Methods

Harriett Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Building From the Inside Out: Facilitating Digital Scholarship Collaboratories in the Library

Tom Mullaney, Stanford University
A War Between the Living and the Dead: On Grave Relocation in Contemporary China

Fallou Ngom, Boston University
Ajami Digital Scholarship: Challenges and Opportunities

5:30 to 7:30 pm
Public Reception
Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center at 771 Commonwealth Avenue, First Floor