On May 25, the BNN Symposium will feature Paul Courant and John Unsworth. Drs. Courant and Unsworth will speak at the MIT Faculty Club in Cambridge on “The Hathi Trust, Google Books, and the Future of Research.”
In this talk, two luminaries of the national Digital Humanities landscape will discuss the recent formation of large-scale, collaborative digital libraries and the challenges and opportunities they pose for researchers seeking to use and study their collections.
Dr. Courant will explain the interconnected genesis of the Google Project, the HathiTrust, and the Digital Public Library of America, and Dr. Unsworth will describe the various challenges facing the new kinds of research these vast digital collections should enable.
Each speaker will take questions after his presentation, and audience members will be encouraged to work in groups over lunch to generate more developed lines of inquiry.