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WHO WANTS YESTERDAY'S PAPERS?=20
A SYMPOSIUM ON THE RESEARCH VALUE OF PRINTED MATERIALS IN THE DIGITAL AGE

UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND LIBRARIES  MCKELDIN LIBRARY   COLLEGE PARK, MD 20742=
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(301) 405-9343 OR  (301) 405-9346

CONTACT: bksymposium@umail.umd.edu
http://www.lib.umd.edu/TSD/PRES/symposium.html

Maryland symposium discusses the fate of=20
book and paper materials in the digital age

COLLEGE PARK, MD=BE A daylong symposium will bring together scholars, infor=
mation=20
professionals and the general public in an exploration of changing percepti=
ons=20
regarding paper-based information resources.  Leading experts will discuss =
why=20
they use and preserve information in various formats, from files that are "=
born=20
digital" to more traditional books and archival collections on paper.

The symposium is open to the public and will be held on March 1, 2002, at t=
he=20
University of Maryland Libraries in the McKeldin Library Special Events Roo=
m. =20
The day is sponsored by the University of Maryland Libraries and the Univer=
sity=20
of Maryland College of Information Studies.=20

The program will begin by addressing human anxieties about the fragility of=
=20
information and how society has responded to those anxieties.=20

The latter half of the morning session will focus on the information format=
=20
needs of scholars: Are digital files sufficient replacements for book and p=
aper=20
materials?  With so much emphasis on digital information, has society becom=
e=20
sentimental about its' books and paper documents?  And should sentiment dri=
ve=20
libraries to preserve every book within their walls in its original form?=
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The afternoon program will focus on the challenges involved in preserving=
=20
information from the decision-making process to issues unique among differe=
nt=20
formats.=20

The event was planned in response to several recent publications that have=
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called attention to the tensions and contradictions modern society faces in=
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preserving and using information.  These include the Council of Library and=
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Information Resources' report Evidence in Hand: the Report of the Task Forc=
e on=20
the Artifact in Library Collections, Nicolas Basbanes' Patience and Fortitu=
de:=20
A Roving Chronicle of Book People, Book Places and Book Culture, and Nicols=
on=20
Baker's Double Fold: Libraries and the Assault on Paper.

Participants include Walter Cybulski, National Library of Medicine; Dr. Nei=
l=20
Fraistat, University of Maryland; Dr. Jordan Goodman, University of Marylan=
d;=20
Anne Kenney, Cornell University Library; Eric Lindquist, University of Mary=
land=20
Libraries; Doug McElrath, University of Maryland Libraries; Martha Nell-Smi=
th,=20
Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH); Mark Roosa, Lib=
rary=20
of Congress; Nancy Schrock, Harvard University; and Dr. Abby Smith, Council=
 on=20
Library and Information Resources.

A poster session will be held between the morning and afternoon sessions fo=
r=20
students to showcase their related research. The guidelines are also available=20
online at http://www.lib.umd.edu/TSD/PRES/poster.html. =20

Continental breakfast will be served in the morning, lunch will be availabl=
e for
pre-registered participants at the historic Rossborough Inn, and a receptio=
n=20
will be held immediately following the symposium's close. =20

The deadline for registration will be February 15, 2002, and is $20 for the=
 day=20
for the general public and $10 for students.  Registration forms can be=20
downloaded at http://www.lib.umd.edu/TSD/PRES/registration.html and emailed=
 to=20
bksymposium@umail.umd.edu or mailed to=20

Preservation Department
University of Maryland Libraries=20
McKeldin Library B-0217
College Park, MD 20742. =20



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Yvonne Carignan                     Email:      yc38@umail.umd.edu
Preservation Department Head        VoiceMail:  301-405-9343
McKeldin Library                    FAX:        301-341-9971
University of Maryland=20
College Park, MD 20742

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