Robert Darnton: Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future

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The Library of Trinity College Dublin is delighted to host the well-known historian, author and public intellectual, Robert Darnton, speaking about Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future. The Vice-Provost and Chief Academic Officer of Trinity College Dublin, Professor Linda Hogan, will moderate this event and reflect on The Library of the Future; the Future of the Library as the ‘omega’ of this year-long programme of events.

Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future

Despite a lot of loose talk about the death of the book and the obsolescence of libraries, books and libraries are more important than ever in the current digital environment; and their importance will increase as we design the digital future – if only we can get it right. One way leads through excessive commercialization to a future in which the public will cease to have access to most of the material that belongs in the public domain. Another way is to democratize access to knowledge. The Digital Public Library of America, which went online on April 18, 2013 exemplifies the possibilities of democratization. It is a distributed network of digitized collections from research libraries scattered across the U.S., and it aims to make America’s cultural heritage available, free of charge, to all Americans and in fact to everyone in the world.

The full programme and further information is available online.

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