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Saturday, June 18 • 11:30am - 1:00pm
Lunch and Closing Plenary Address - Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

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 "Wasn't Digitization Supposed to be Easy?  And Good for Us?"

Cultural institutions — like libraries, archives and museums — have remarkable collections of artifacts and records documenting our social, cultural, economic, political, personal &c. histories. These collections are treasures — for teaching and scholarly research, for cultural understanding, for the preservation and transmission of individual and family and community identity and history. With the dawn of dirt cheap digital information technology, the opportunity is obvious and glorious: set our treasures free. Digitize everything, and make it freely available to the world. All it takes is money…and not very much of that anymore.

But Wait: Is It Really that Easy?  And Should We Really Do It?

With a couple of case studies, a few scattered anecdotes and maybe a dramatic reading from Dave Eggers's The Circle, I’ll offer a few reflections on why “setting our treasures free” is a bit more fraught than it might seem at first glance.

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Jeffrey MacKie-Mason

Jeffrey MacKie-Mason is UC Berkeley's University Librarian and Chief Digital Scholarship Officer. He was formerly the dean of the School of Information at the University of Michigan, and the Arthur W. Burks Collegiate Professor of Information and Computer Science, and professor in economics and public policy. There he received the University Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award in 2010. MacKie-Mason earned his Ph.D. in economics from MIT. He... Read More →

Saturday June 18, 2016 11:30am - 1:00pm
Beacon Ballroom

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