Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies
Department of Information Studies
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
What is the role of the humanist in the current migration of cultural materials into electronic form? To what extent should humanistic concepts help shape the way cultural materials are preserved, accessed, and used in this and the next generation? What might humanities’ based tools bring to the tasks and challenges faced by archivists, cataloguers, librarians, and curators? Is the interpretation of humanistic material separate from its preservation and access? This talk draws on experiences with SpecLab (and to a lesser degree, at UCLA) to examine some of the ways digital humanities projects have worked in collaboration with library personnel to model knowledge and interpretation in electronic environments and to pose some questions about the way such exchanges should and can be shaped to serve common interests.
Johanna Drucker is the inaugural Martin and Bernard Breslauer Professor of Bibliographical Studies in UCLA’s Department of Information Studies. She has held faculty positions at Columbia, Yale, University of Texas, SUNY, and was the first Robertson Professor of Media Studies at University of Virginia where she helped to found SpecLab (with Jerome McGann and Bethany Nowviskie). Her study of that project, SpecLab Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing, was published by the University of Chicago Press in 2009.