Workshops & Presentations
Check here for announcements of drop-in sessions offering a glimpse of the research library as the humanist's version of the lab or the field station--a site providing an informational context for the interpretation of human activities. The research library, in this optic, gathers books and other texts such as newspapers, magazines, and scholarly periodicals in a single overarching physical and virtual space that not only allows us to search for known items and to locate specialized sources, but also encourages browsing and spontaneous discovery.
Animated by the ideal of self-knowledge and the precept that self-awareness begins at home, it seems especially appropriate to use the workshop format to examine libraries and their resources through an interdisciplinary approach to the text, both as material object and as culture-carrier. Depending on the level of interest, some sessions might be repeated, and still others on different though related topics could also be offered. Thus in addition to the interdisciplinary study of the book, the newspaper, the magazine, the broadside and other ephemera, other topics might include, for example, the long-range historical development of the dictionary and the encyclopedia, or a more specialized focus on the resarch value of a key reference work such as the Oxford English Dictionary, viewed not only as a powerful research tool, but also as one of the world's most significant books, with a complicated and fascinating history behind it.
Monday, Oct 29, 2012: The Book in History, Society, and Culture: Where Has the Book Been, and Where Is It Going? An introductory overview of the evolution of the book in the West as material object and as culture-carrier.
Monday, Nov 26, 2012: Cultures of Inquiry in the Humanities: The Research Library as the Humanist's Laboratory An introduction to and overview of the special relation between library collections and services and the humanities.