School of Information
 Previously School of Library & Information Studies

 Friday Afternoon Seminar on Information Access: Schedule.
  296a-1 Seminar: Information Access, Fall 2017.
Fridays 3-5. 107 South Hall. Presentation Summaries. Email list.
South Hall 107, Fridays 3-5 pm. Everyone interested is welcome!

Oct 20: David ROSENTHAL, Stanford: The Amnesiac Society.
    This talk is a rehearsal for the keynote of the Pacific Neighborhood Consortium Annual Conference in Taiwan next month. The PNC theme is "Data Informed Society".
    What is the data that informs a society? It is easy to think that it is just numbers, timely statistical information of the kind that drives Google Maps real-time traffic display. But the rise of text-mining and machine learning means that we must cast our net much wider. Historic and textual data is equally important. It forms the knowledge base on which civilization operates.
    For nearly a thousand years this knowledge base has been stored on paper, an affordable, durable, write-once and somewhat tamper-evident medium. For more than five hundred years it has been practical to print on paper, making Lots Of Copies to Keep Stuff Safe. LOCKSS is the name of the program at the Stanford Libraries that Vicky Reich and I started in 1998. We took a distributed approach; providing libraries with tools they could use to preserve knowledge in the Web world. They could work the way they were used to doing in the paper world, by collecting copies of published works, making them available to readers, and cooperating via inter-library loan. Two years earlier, Brewster Kahle had founded the Internet Archive, taking a centralized approach to the same problem.
    Why are these programs needed? What have we learned in the last two decades about their effectiveness? How does the evolution of Web technologies place their future at risk?
    David S. H. Rosenthal is the recently retired Chief Scientist of the LOCKSS program at Stanford, which like Google celebrates its 19th birthday this month.

Oct 27: Michael BUCKLAND: What counts as Information? What counts as a Collection?
    Suzanne Briet’s assertion that an antelope in a zoo could be regarded as a kind of document is well-known and widely cited. However, Briet provided no source and minimal explanation for her claim. A search for possible sources revealed that one of her students, Robert Pagès, published the same ideas three years before Briet did and he provided a thoughtful explanation. I will summarize what I found.
    Also, the move to widespread open access is strongly supported by librarians, academic administrators, and readers. However, progress towards open access calls into question two central features of library provision: the collection and the catalog. I will examine some implications of open access for library planning.

Nov 3: Clifford LYNCH: Topic to be announced.
Nov 10: University holiday: No Seminar.
Nov 17: Christine BORGMAN, UCLA.
Nov 25: Thanksgiving: No Seminar.
    The Seminar will resume on January 19th.
  Spring 2017 schedule and summaries.