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From: Alison Walker <alison.walker>
Date: Wednesday, September 20, 2006
LIBER Think Tank on the future value of the book as artefact and the
future value of digital documentary heritage.

National Library of Sweden, Stockholm
24-25 May 2007

The future of the book is in question. The future of the digital
cultural heritage is under debate. The role of the printed text as
the physical carrier of information and human thought is being
challenged by digital technology. Concepts such as value and
authenticity are traditionally based on physical objects and
collections. Has the artefactual value increased or decreased with
digital developments? The value and authenticity of virtual
information carriers are increasingly being discussed. Has the
critical mass of "born digital" and digitised material created a new
digital cultural documentary heritage?

These questions are bubbling up from a variety of disciplines,
ranging from Collection Development, Collection Care and
e-Strategists within the library and archive world; to cultural
historians, textual critics, philosophers and authors.

The aim of this two day Think Tank is to examine and discuss whether
it is possible to arrive at a common understanding of these concepts
regardless of whether the format is physical or virtual.

A panel of international speakers from across the cultural heritage
and literary worlds is being posed with these questions. The
intention is to hold a broad, inter-disciplinary, participatory
debate, with an audience drawn from the academic sector, libraries,
archives and those concerned with managing the future cultural
documentary heritage.

The meeting is being organized by the LIBER Preservation Division
and Collection Development Division. It will be held at the National
Library of Sweden in Stockholm on May 24-25, 2007. The proceedings
and discussion will be published by the National Library of Sweden.
The language of the meeting is English.

A second announcement with application details will be ready later
in the autumn. To input further ideas during the initial stage,
please contact Lars Bjork by 30 October 2006.


    Lars Bjork
    LIBER Preservation Division member
    Head of Preservation
    National Library of Sweden
    lars.bjork [at] kb__se

    Helen Shenton
    Chair; LIBER Preservation Division
    Head of Collection Care
    British Library
    helen.shenton [at] bl__uk

    Trix Bakker
    Chair; LIBER Collection Development Division
    Director, Humanities Library, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
    t.bakker [at] ubvu__vu__nl

LIBER is the Ligue des Bibliotheques Europeennes de Recherche

Alison Walker
National Preservation Office
British Library
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
+44 20 7412 7798
Fax: +44 20 7412 7796

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