OCLC Research Distinguished Seminar Series Presents, "Libraries as Read/Write Services," by Gary Marchionini on 21 February 2012

The public is invited to attend this free presentation in person or online.

Gary Marchionini is the Dean and Cary C. Boshamer Professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He teaches courses in human-information interaction, interface design and testing, and digital libraries. He also heads the Interaction Design Laboratory at SILS.

In this presentation, Professor Marchionini will discuss two trends that are driving foundational shifts in libraries of the 21st century. First, the development of digital libraries has expanded the nature of service communities beyond local geography and influences the need to collect the works of global interest. This, in turn, is causing libraries to distinguish themselves by focusing their digital collections on local materials that are unique, becoming more like archives that curate singular materials. Second, people increasingly work, play, and live with the aid of electronic technologies that create traces of life's behaviors. People consciously and unconsciously create documents, photos, and files as well as streams of interactions with other people and with myriad electronic systems. Individual traces of our lives in cyberspace in aggregate represent what Gary Marchionini terms "proflections" of our personal identities. Libraries have trusted roles to play in helping people manage their personal digital libraries—to provide "write" as well as "read" services to their patrons. Inevitably, some of the personal assets will become part of the public collection with patron permission. Libraries must develop strategies to support deposit (writing) of patron assets and to manage the blurring of boundaries between personal and public digital libraries. The School of Information and Library Science at UNC's LifeTime Library Project aims to develop and teach such strategies.

This Distinguished Seminar Series presentation begins at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (UTC 14:00) and is followed by a question and answer session at 10:00 a.m. (UTC 15:00). You are welcome to attend this presentation in person or remotely via WebEx. Advanced registration is encouraged, but not required. Registering in advance allows us to alert you if the lecture should need to be rescheduled.

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Complete details are available at the links below. A recording of this presentation will be made available online at http://www.oclc.org/research/dss/.

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