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Recording Lives: Libraries and Archives in the Digital Age

Saturday, October 7, 2017 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
Free and open to the public

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

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 panel discussion led by the moderator that also includes 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 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 12:30 pm
Panel III: Preservation Spaces, Open and Closed
Introduced by Christopher Maurer, Romance Studies, Boston University, and moderated by Jeffrey Henderson, Classical Studies, Boston University

Tom Blake, Boston Public Library
Extending our Reach: Scaling Local Digitization Services at the BPL for Global Research and Enjoyment – Free to All

Stephanie Frampton, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Libraries and the Future of the Past

Julieanna Richardson, The HistoryMakers®
Preservation: The HistoryMakers® Story

David Wexler, Hollywood Vaults
Boldly Go Where Few Archives Have Gone: Creating Hollywood Vaults

1:30 to 5 pm
Panel IV: The Global Politics of Archives
Introduced by Linda Heywood, History and African American Studies, Boston University, and moderated by Maurice Lee, English, Boston University

Alexander Gil, Columbia University
The Minimal Computing Gambit and Global South Archives

Beatriz Jaguaribe, School of Communication, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro
Nambiquaras in Paris: Archival Images, Appearances and Disappearances

Rudolf G. Wagner, Heidelberg University; Fairbank Center, Harvard University
Future Memory. Preserving Diverse Voices From and About China From a Time of Unification of Thought

Kirsten Weld, Harvard University
Cold War Archives and Democratic Aspirations in Latin America