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Conference on preservation of printed materials

From: Danielle DuMerer <dumerer>
Date: Tuesday, December 18, 2001
Who Wants Yesterday's Papers?
A Symposium on the Research Value of Printed Materials
in the Digital Age
University of Maryland Libraries
Mckeldin Library
College Park MD 20742
301-405-9343 or

A daylong symposium will bring together scholars, information
professionals and the general public in an exploration of changing
perceptions regarding paper-based information resources. Leading
experts will discuss why they use and preserve information in
various formats, from files that are "born digital" to more
traditional books and archival collections on paper.

The symposium is open to the public and will be held on March 1,
2002, at the University of Maryland Libraries in the McKeldin
Library Special Events Room.  The day is sponsored by the University
of Maryland Libraries and the University of Maryland College of
Information Studies.

The program will begin by addressing human anxieties about the
fragility of information and how society has responded to those

The latter half of the morning session will focus on the information
format needs of scholars: Are digital files sufficient replacements
for book and paper materials?  With so much emphasis on digital
information, has society become sentimental about its' books and
paper documents?  And should sentiment drive libraries to preserve
every book within their walls in its original form?

The afternoon program will focus on the challenges involved in
preserving information from the decision-making process to issues
unique among different formats.

The event was planned in response to several recent publications
that have called attention to the tensions and contradictions modern
society faces in preserving and using information.  These include
the Council of Library and Information Resources' report Evidence in
Hand: the Report of the Task Force on the Artifact in Library
Collections, Nicolas Basbanes' Patience and Fortitude: A Roving
Chronicle of Book People, Book Places and Book Culture, and Nicolson
Baker's Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.

Participants include Walter Cybulski, National Library of Medicine;
Dr. Neil Fraistat, University of Maryland; Dr. Jordan Goodman,
University of Maryland; Anne Kenney, Cornell University Library;
Eric Lindquist, University of Maryland Libraries; Doug McElrath,
University of Maryland Libraries; Martha Nell-Smith, Maryland
Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH); Mark Roosa,
Library of Congress; Nancy Schrock, Harvard University; and Dr. Abby
Smith, Council on Library and Information Resources.

A poster session will be held between the morning and afternoon
sessions for students to showcase their related research. The
guidelines are also available online at

Continental breakfast will be served in the morning, lunch will be
available for pre-registered participants at the historic
Rossborough Inn, and a reception will be held immediately following
the symposium's close.

The deadline for registration will be February 15, 2002, and is $20
for the day for the general public and $10 for students.
Registration forms can be downloaded at
<URL:> and emailed
to bksymposium [at] umail__umd__edu or mailed to

Preservation Department
University of Maryland Libraries
McKeldin Library B-0217
College Park, MD 20742.

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