"Caring for Digital Collections in the Anthropocene," by Dr. Trevor Owens
Virtually, Friday, April 9, 2021
6:30 p.m. EDT
The craft of digital preservation and digital collections care is anchored in the past. It builds off the records, files, and works of those who came before us and those who designed and set up the systems that enable the creation, transmission, and rendering of their work. At the same time, the craft of digital preservation is also the work of a futurist. We must look to the past trends in the ebb and flow of the development of digital media and hedge our bets on how digital technologies of the future will play out. This talk explores key issues for exploring and imagining that future. We start with consideration of some key emerging technologies relevant to digital collections and then zoom out to consider the future of digital collections in the context of technologies of surveillance, precarity of both cultural heritage institutions and cultural heritage workers in the context of neoliberalism, and then explore the broad set of challenges facing the future of collections stemming from the increasing effects of anthropogenic climate change. Drawing on frameworks for maintenance, care, and repair this talk concludes with an opportunity to reflect on and consider how memory and information workers should approach the digital present and future of our institutions and professions.
About the Speaker.
Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator advancing digital infrastructure and programs for libraries and archives.
About the Stone Lecture Series
Established in 1990, the Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture Series honors Dr. Elizabeth W. Stone, Dean Emerita of the School of Library and Information Science (SLIS), for her service to the school and the library profession. Dr. Stone (M.S.L.S. '61) joined the LIS faculty in 1961 and was named chair of the Department of Library Science in 1972. Under her leadership, the department became the School of Library and Information Science in 1981 and she served as Dean until 1983.
The Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture series is held each spring. The speakers, who are invited by the Alumni Association, include esteemed librarians, university presidents, journalists, members of professional associations, and government representatives.
The 13th Annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture included a special remembrance of Dr. Stone, who passed away on March 6, 2002, at the age of 83. Her presence throughout the years has given the school a sense of continuity, connecting students with the larger Catholic University library and information science community of alumni. This lecture series strives to bring innovators in the library profession to Catholic University that demonstrate Dr. Stone's commitment to the life-long development of librarians. To continue Dr. Stone's legacy, donations will be accepted for the Elizabeth W. Stone Scholarship Fund. Please call 202-319-6926 for further information.
- 2019 Kate Zwaard, the Digital Strategy Director of the Library of Congress
“Innovation and Digital Strategy at the Library of Congress”
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- 2018 - Professor Dave Shumaker
Clinical Associate Professor at the Department of Library and Information Science, Catholic University of America
"How to Predict the Future"
- 2017- Melanie Townsend Diggs
Pennsylvania Avenue Branch manager at Baltimore’s Enoch Pratt Free Library
Recipient of the 2016 Lemony Snicket Prize for Noble Librarians Faced with Adversity
“Being a ‘beacon of light’ in the face of adversity”
- 2016 - Don Collins
Oceanographer and archivist at NOAA National Centers for Environmental Information
"An Oceanographer's Voyage Into Librarianship"
- 2015- Linda Ueki Absher
- 2014- Barbara Stripling
- 2013- Blane Dessy
Executive Director, Federal Library Information Network, Library of Congress
The Federal Government's Information Sphere & The Myth of Federal Information Policy
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- 2012 - Dr. Deanna Marcum
Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, Managing Director of Ithaka S+R., and former Dean of the Catholic University of America School of Library and Information Science, 1989-1992
"Leadership for the Digital Age"
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- 2011 - Elizabeth Aversa
Director of the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alabama and former Dean of LIS
"A Passion for Libraries - or - Why We Do What We Do"
- 2010 Dr. Clifford Lynch Ph.D.
Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information
“Scholarship, Cultural Memory and Libraries in the 21st Century”
- 2009 - Camila Alire
ALA President, "Issues and Trends in American Libraries," April 21, 2009
- 2008 - Andrew Pace
Executive Director for Networked Library Services, OCLC
"From SLIS to OCLC: An Alumnus Reflects on His Career and the Evolving Profession"
April 30, 2008
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- 2007 - Dr. Deanna Marcum
Associate Librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress
"Culture Shock: The Changing Nature of Library Science Education"
- 2005 - Richard Baker
Historian of the Senate
"History on the Hill: From Gunpowder Paste to the Nuclear Option"
- 2004 - Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan
Director of the undergraduate program in Communication Studies in Culture and Communication at New York University.
"The Anarchist in the Library"
- 2003 - Sanford Berman
Berman, a Catholic University SLIS alumnus, has written extensively and especially on increasing access to libraries via attention to subject cataloguing and collection development.
"Not in My Library: Issues of Workplace Speech and Governance"
- 2002 - Duane E. Webster
Executive Director for Association of Research Libraries (ARL)
"Reflections on the Future of Scholarly Communications"
- 2001 - Nancy Kranich
President, American Library Association
"Why Do We Still Need Libraries?"
- 2000 - Dr. John Cole
Director of the Center for the Book, Library of Congress
"Bicentennial of the Library of Congress"
- 1999 - Dr. Carla Hayden
Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore
"Institutional Change in a Traditional Library"
- 1998 - Kurt Cylke
National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped, Library of Congress
"That All May Read"
- 1997 - Henriette Avram
Library of Congress, Retired
"On the Fourth Decade of the MARC Format"
- 1996 - Dr. Mathilde V. Rovelstad
School of Library and Information Science, CUA
"Temples of Wisdom and Faith: The Picture World of Monastic Libraries of the Baroque Period"
- 1995 - Jeanne Hurley Simon
Chair, National Commission on Libraries and Information Science
"The Role of the National Commission in American Library Development"
- 1994 - Eileen D. Cooke
Director, American Library Association Washington Office
"Lobbying for Libraries: Thirty Years on Capitol Hill"
- 1993 - Hardy R. Franklin, Ph.D.
Director, The District of Columbia Public Library and President, American Library Association
"Customer Service and the Library: The Crucial Link"
- 1992 - Rev. William J. Byron, S.M.
President, The Catholic University of America
"Library Support for Community Service"
- 1991 - Sheilah Kast
Network Journalist, ABC News
"The Public's Right to Know in the Information Age"
- 1990 - Rev. Timothy S. Healy, S.J.
President, New York Public Library
"The Role of the Public Library in a Democratic Society"