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What is the research library in the age of Google?  Dr. Anthony Grafton provides the perspective of a humanist scholar on recent changes in research libraries that have been brought about by increased digitization.  By examining changes that have occurred over the last forty years in the way that scholars conduct their research and where the library fits in, Grafton sees four crises that today’s academic libraries must face: financial, spatial, use, and accessibility.  According to Professor Grafton, a research library should provide not only physical space where scholars can pursue research in books, but also virtual space where they can collect, store, and exploit electronic resources – an ingenious way to pull humanists, teachers, and students alike back into public workspace, in an environment that has the open, collective quality of a laboratory, but also meets the needs of researchers who work with texts, images, and sounds.  This talk is hosted by Green College as part of its Cecil H. and Ida Green Visiting Professor lecture series.


Grafton, Anthony. “Apocalypse in the stacks? The research library in the age of Google.” Daedalus 138.1 (2009): 87-98. [Link]

Speaker Bio

Professor Anthony Grafton is Henry Putnam University Professor of History at Princeton University.  His current project is a large-scale study of the science of chronology in 16th- and 17th-century Europe: how scholars attempted to assign dates to past events, reconstruct ancient calendars, and reconcile the Bible with competing accounts of the past. He hopes to reconstruct the complex and dramatic process by which the biblical regime of historical time collapsed, concentrating on the first half of the 17th century.  He has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses on art, magic, and science in Renaissance Europe and on the history of books and readers; undergraduate seminars on historiography; and the history components of the intensive four-course introduction to Western civilization offered to undergraduates by the Program in Humanistic Studies.

March 20, 2013, 12.00 to 1.30PM at the Victoria Learning Theatre (Room 182), Irving K. Barber Learning Centre (1961 East Mall, V6T 1Z1)

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Logo Colour Slogan (cropped).pngLast fall UBC Library – in partnership with the Faculty of Graduate Studies and the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology – initiated FIRE Talks: Facilitated Interdisciplinary Research Exchange.  FIRE Talks are intended to provide graduate students with an opportunity to present their research to an audience of their peers and then engage in an interdisciplinary discussion related to a central theme.  Students benefit from this in any number of ways, including: learning to present the salient details of their research in five minutes; finding opportunities to meet and potentially collaborate with other grad students in diverse disciplines; and thinking about their own research from new perspectives.

There are three upcoming FIRE Talks that may be of interest to graduate students in your classes and/or department:

Applied Academia (28 Feb)

Ethics (14 March)

Research Dissemination (27 March)

Proposals are being accepted for all three of these talks.  The deadline for Applied Academia is coming up on the 20th of February.

If you have any classes or students who you think may be interested, or who may want to practice for the 3 minute thesis or their dissertation defense, please forward this invitation to them.  Presentations can be parts of a dissertation, a research paper, or even questions and ideas students wish to explore.  The aim is to inspire interdisciplinary discussion among a broad group of graduate students and provide a venue for connection and discussion.

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Students can also attend the talks as part of the audience, which also allows them to engage in the discussion portion of the event. Registration links are provided on the individual FIRE Talk webpages, accessed through the first link above.


JumpersThere is an interesting blog in The Guardian by Award winning author Oliver Jeffers and how much he was influenced by Maurice Sendak.

“There is a reason the character of the Boy in my first picture books wears a red and white stripy jumper, and that reason is Maurice Sendak. Or, more specifically, that reason is an homage to my favorite monster in Sendak’s most famous picture book, Where the Wild Things Are.”

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