Minds Alive: Libraries and Archives Now

Edited by Patricia Demers and Toni Samek

© 2020

Minds Alive explores the enduring role and intrinsic value of libraries, archives, and public institutions in the digital age. Featuring international contributors, this volume delves into libraries and archives as institutions and institutional partners, the professional responsibilities of librarians and archivists, and the ways in which librarians and archivists continue to respond to the networked age, digital culture, and digitization.

The endless possibilities and robust importance of libraries and archives are at the heart of this optimistic collection. Topics include transformations in the networked digital age; Indigenous issues and challenges in custodianship, ownership, and access; the importance of the harmonization of memory institutions today; and the overarching significance of libraries and archives in the public sphere. Libraries and archives – at once public institutions providing both communal and private havens of discovery – are being repurposed and transformed in intercultural contexts. Only by keeping pace with users’ changing needs can they continue to provide the richest resources for an informed citizenry.

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  • Page Count: 288 pages
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This book explores the enduring role and intrinsic value of libraries and archives as public institutions in the digital age.

Minds Alive: Libraries and Archives Now

Edited by Patricia Demers and Toni Samek

© 2020

Minds Alive explores the enduring role and intrinsic value of libraries, archives, and public institutions in the digital age. Featuring international contributors, this volume delves into libraries and archives as institutions and institutional partners, the professional responsibilities of librarians and archivists, and the ways in which librarians and archivists continue to respond to the networked age, digital culture, and digitization.

The endless possibilities and robust importance of libraries and archives are at the heart of this optimistic collection. Topics include transformations in the networked digital age; Indigenous issues and challenges in custodianship, ownership, and access; the importance of the harmonization of memory institutions today; and the overarching significance of libraries and archives in the public sphere. Libraries and archives – at once public institutions providing both communal and private havens of discovery – are being repurposed and transformed in intercultural contexts. Only by keeping pace with users’ changing needs can they continue to provide the richest resources for an informed citizenry.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 288 pages
  • Illustrations: 32
  • Dimensions: 6.3in x 1.0in x 9.3in
  • Reviews

    "Minds Alive combats sentimentality as a metric and a rhetorical stance for valuing libraries and fighting for their futures. Specific articles deliberately aim to help library leaders provide a context for advocacy, while others provide case studies for fostering change and innovation at libraries and archives."


    Laura R. Braunstein, Digital Humanities Librarian, Co-Lead, Digital by Dartmouth Library, Dartmouth College

    "Minds Alive will bring up to speed anyone wishing to know what’s happening to libraries, archives, and their professions in our digital age."


    Peter F. McNally, Professor Emeritus, School of Information Studies, McGill University

    "Minds Alive has significance beyond the field for disciplines that rely on libraries and archives including humanities, history of the book, and digital humanities."


    Spencer D. C. Keralis, Digital Humanities Librarian, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Author Information

    Patricia Demers is a distinguished university professor in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta.


    Toni Samek is a professor and chair at the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Alberta.
  • Table of contents

    List of Illustrations
    List of Abbreviations

    Foreword
    Tami Oliphant, University of Alberta and Ali Shiri, University of Alberta

    Acknowledgments

    Introduction
    Patricia Demers, University of Alberta and Toni Samek, University of Alberta

    I. Enduring Values

    Libraries: Why Bother?
    Alice Crawford, University of St. Andrews

    Academic Library Spaces, Digital Culture, and Communities
    Guylaine Beaudry, Concordia University

    The Public Library’s Enduring Importance
    Marc Kosciejew, Western University

    II. Public Literacy and Private Oases

    Loss of the Social, Return of the Private: Acknowledging Public Failure in the Age of Boudoir Surplus
    Mario Hibert, University of Sarajevo

    Re-establishing Values, Constructing New Missions: The Value of the Modern Library in the Development of Information and Digital Literacy in Public Life
    Konstantina Martzoukou, Robert Gordon University

    III. Transformations and Resistance

    Libraries’ Shifting Roles and Responsibilities in the Networked Age
    Michael Carroll, American University Washington College of Law

    The Interface of the Digital Library: The Perseus Digital Library as a Case Study
    Geoffrey Rockwell, University of Alberta, Sarah Vela, Lisa M. Cerrato, Mihaela Ilovan, Stan Ruecker, Perseus Digital Library, and the INKE Research Group

    Wanderbibliotheken: Travelling Books and DIY Libraries
    Carolyn Guertin, Western University

    IV. Disciplinary and Institutional Partnerships

    Is Professionalism Still an Acceptable Goal for Archivists in the Global Digital Society?
    Richard Cox, Comcast

    Digital Research with All Our Senses: How the Archivist, the Historian, and the Librarian Can Work Together on the New Frontier
    Nigel Raab, Loyola Marymount University

    The Critical, Diverse (and Sometimes Neglected) Roles of Libraries and Archives in a Museum Setting
    Brendan Edwards, Royal Ontario Museum

    V. Curation and Commons

    Beyond Place: Data Curation Possibilities for Post-custodial Archives and Libraries
    Seamus Ross, University of Toronto

    "The X-Files": The Truth is in the Archives, but Access is Restricted
    Frank J. Tough, University of Alberta

    Works Cited
    Contributors
    Index

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