Previously School of Library & Information Studies
Friday Afternoon Seminar on Information Access:
296a-1 Seminar: Information Access, Fall 2017.
Fridays 3-5. 107 South Hall. Presentation
FRIDAY AFTERNOON SEMINAR ON INFORMATION ACCESS.
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 www.lockss.org/ 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
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.