Gregory Crane on Libraries and the Transformation of the Humanities
On March 7, the BNN Symposium will feature Gregory Crane. Dr. Crane will speak at College of the Holy Cross (Worcester) on “Libraries and the Transformation of the Humanities: What Role Will Libraries Play, and What Can I Do About It?”
The shift to a digital space makes possible the rise of a new republic of letters, one in which not only professional scholars but our students and members of the general public have a major and essential voice.
Libraries have a wonderful opportunity: to become centers of intellectual production, enabling students and faculty to create new kinds of scholarship that are more useful in the present and can be better preserved and maintained over time. But to play this role, libraries need to become centers of expertise where students, faculty, and the interested public can learn how to create true digital documents.
Dr. Crane will follow up a presentation on this topic with a hands-on “master class” where attendees will be invited to share and discuss their own ideas for building libraries that can participate in a “new republic of letters.”
Monday, March 7, 2011
11:00am – 2:00pm
Registration begins at 10:00am
College of the Holy Cross
Hogan Campus Center
Third Floor – Ballroom
BLC, NERCOMP, and NITLE Members: $75
A full schedule, hotel information, map & directions, registration information, and a link to the registration website are available via the NERCOMP website.
About the Speaker
Dr. Crane has published on a wide range of ancient Greek authors and has a long-standing interest in the relationship between the humanities and rapidly developing digital technology. Since 1985 he has directed the Perseus Project, which he directs as the Editor-in-Chief.
From 1998 through 2006 he directed a grant from the Digital Library Initiative to study general problems of digital libraries in the humanities.
With the rise of the Google Books project in 2004, he began to focus upon the problems and opportunities that arise when whole libraries rather than curated collections become available on-line. Crane is especially interested in helping the emerging Cyberinfrastructure serve the needs of the humanities in general and classical studies in particular.
The BNN Symposium—a collaborative speaker series focused on the future of teaching, learning, and scholarship—is a joint effort of the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), Northeast Regional Computing Program (NERCOMP), and the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE).