It is all on the Web, so why bother? Special Collections in the Digital Age
Speakers: 1. Stefan Sinclair (McGill), 2. Lindsay Eckert (University of Toronto), 3. Fiona Black (Dalhousie), 4.Leslie Howsam (Windsor / SHARP) 5. Julie Cumming (McGill)
Moderator: Dean Ellen Aitken (McGill)
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Meetings with Books: Raymond Klibansky, Special Collections and the Library in the 21st Century
Many if not most rare book libraries have a long and complicated history of acquisitions that reflects the varied interests of collectors and benefactors, of librarians and scholars, and by happenstance and serendipity. It is not just the individual titles that carry information; the histories of the collections do so as well and it is often in exploring these histories that new understandings are born. How, then, are we to understand and explore these diverse and, indeed, disparate collections? Furthermore, does the increasing use of digital technologies alter the way we need to discovery and to understand them?
The purpose of this one-day symposium is to begin this process of investigating the full and complex potential of these collections and the ways to do so. This has to be a joint enterprise of scholars and librarians; it is only by working together that we can ask the questions and tell the stories that are to be found in rare book and special collection libraries.
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