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|KeyWORDS: Vol. 1, Issue 2, MAR 08|
The Emory Libraries: Intellectual Commons for the Campus and Extended Community
Photo: Rick Luce chats with students outside the Robert W. Woodruff Library.
The first weekend of February was a shining example of what the Emory Libraries can bring to our campus, the Atlanta community and beyond. On Feb. 2, I joined many of you in the Jones Room, along with Emory faculty and students and visitors from around the United States, at the “New Covenants in Special Collections” symposium. The first symposium, held last spring, addressed The Library and the Production of Knowledge in the Digital Age, exploring questions such as the developing role of electronic
publishing in the academy. In 2009 we plan to explore informatics and information systems for the physical and health sciences, continuing the dialogue we’ve initiated on campus about the role of the research library in the 21st century.
At the “New Covenants” gathering, we heard presentations on the value and history of special collections at Emory; the role of special collections in the classroom; and the exciting new world of digital archives. Then we adjourned to the Carlos Museum’s ballroom for an insightful and thought-provoking wide ranging conversation with Salman Rushdie, led by University Secretary Rosemary Magee, an accomplished writer as well.
The day ended with
a wonderful dinner with Salman Rushdie for 43 special friends of the
library. Thanks to the flexibility of the Manuscript, Archives, and
Rare Books staff and many others, we were able to dine in MARBL, surrounded
by the collections with which we’ve been entrusted. It was quite
a high note on which to wrap up an evening, with excitement about the
conversations going on at Emory, and about our celebration of literature.
|--Rick Luce, vice provost and director of libraries|
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