01 March 2012

Digital Public Library Event, 2 Mar.

A friend sent me this announcement for a discussion on the potential of digital libraries tomorrow in Cambridge:

We now have the technology to create the greatest library the world has ever known, and to bring it within clicking distance of virtually every person on earth—at least everyone on the Internet. The technology is available, but is the will and the funding? How will this new creation affect the research of college professors or even elementary school students? And how can it deal with the problems of copyright?

On Friday, March 2, Harvard Library Strategic Conversations will sponsor a program entitled “Building the Digital Public Library of America”. Featured speakers Prof. Robert Darnton and Prof. John G. Palfrey will discuss the Digital Public Library of America project from its beginnings up to the current date.
Darnton will speak about the start of the “DPLA project,” Palfrey about recent developments, and then there will be Q&A. The program starts at 3:00 PM in the Ames Courtroom of Austin Hall, on the campus of Harvard Law School. It’s is free and open to the public.

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