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Library Records in the Digital Age: A Symposium on Teaching and New Research

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 3:00 PM | Open to the Public | Free of charge; registration required

During New York's Bibliography Week, the Library presents a two-part symposium devoted to the intersections of bibliographical, archival, and digital research and pedagogy in the history of libraries, books, and reading. The Library’s records offer a rich vein of research resources for New York City’s history as a social and cultural center from the eighteenth through the twentieth century.

Teaching from Physical and Digital Collections — FULL, Registration For Waiting List Only
3:00-5:00 PM, Whitridge Room

The afternoon session will address the pedagogical uses of digital tools for teaching library records in the humanities.
Erin Schreiner, The New York Society Library's City Readers: A Material Approach to Library History
Kyle Roberts and Kyle Jenkins, Loyola University, Chicago Pedagogy in Practice: The Jesuit Libraries and Provenance Projects
Laura Miller, University of West Georgia: Digital Library History in the Literature Classroom

Findings: Short Papers and Panel DiscussionOPEN For Registration
6:00 PM, Members’ Room

The evening session will feature the short papers on collections and readers at the Society Library, followed by a panel discussion moderated by Catherine Parisian, Associate Professor of English, UNC Pembroke.

  • Mark Towsey (University of Liverpool): "Reading History in the Early Republic: Why Did Society Library Members Borrow Gibbon, Hume, and Robertson?"
  • Jennifer Furlong (CUNY): "Reading in French at the New York Society Library" 
  • Robert Koehler (NYU): "Momentary Appeal and Calculated Investment: Subscribers' Interests, Trustees Ambitions, and the Re-Founding of the New York Society Library, 1789-1795"

Light refreshments will be served.

Registrants are welcome to attend one or both parts. Advance registration is required. For this event only, online registration is not available. To register, email events@nysoclib.org or call 212.288.6900 x230.

This event is co-sponsored by the Gotham Center for New York City History.