The Past, Present, and Future of Libraries Conference

Country: USA

City: Philadelphia

Abstr. due: 15.05.2018

Dates: 27.09.18 — 29.09.18

Area Of Sciences: Philosophy; Humanities;

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Organizers: American Philosophical Society


In commemoration of the American Philosophical Society’s 275th anniversary, the Society’s Library, along with the Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation and the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), is hosting an interdisciplinary and international conference that explores the history of libraries, the present opportunities for libraries (especially independent research libraries and those with special collections), and the potential future for libraries as they continue to evolve in the 21st century.

The conference will begin with a keynote discussion focused on the future of libraries on Thursday, September 27, hosted by Sarah Thomas (Vice President for the Harvard Library and University Librarian and Roy E. Larsen Librarian for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences) and featuring Mary Lee Kennedy (Executive Director, Association of Research Libraries), Deanna Marcum (Senior Advisor. Ithaka S+R), and Khalil Gibran Muhammad (Professor of History, Race, and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School and Suzanne Young Murray Professor, Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Studies).

The conference is interested in papers from scholars, librarians, and other practitioners whose work contributes to the themes of the conference.

Potential topics include (but are not limited to):


    The history and evolution of libraries, especially in the 18th and 19th centuries
    The uses and users of libraries over time
    Reception and readership studies
    Scholarship based on the analysis of library records and catalogues


    Changing practices at libraries
    Access issues, especially those that deal with government records and culturally sensitive materials
    New modes and tools of cataloguing and description
    Innovative projects at special collection and other libraries


    The opportunities and challenges presented by the digital revolution
    Works of digital scholarship
    Visions of and ideas for libraries of the future
    The evolving roles of libraries as repositories, work spaces, and places for exchange

We hope the chronological scope and topical breadth of the conference will stimulate an interdisciplinary dialogue that crosses traditional professional barriers.

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