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Digital Shift Forum – Is it a bird? Is it a plane? What is a Library?

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RLUK’s Digital Shift Forum brings together colleagues from across the information, research, cultural and heritage communities, and third and commercial sectors, to discuss the future of the digital shift in collections, services, and audiences.

The series aims to promote cross-sector discussion and debate, to enable knowledge exchange, and inspire collaborative endeavour across sectors and communities, for the benefit of RLUK members and the wider research and information management communities.

The Digital Shift Forum is open to all, and you do not need to belong to an RLUK member institution to attend or participate.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? What is a Library?

Charlotte Roueché, Professor Emeritus of Digital Hellenic Studies, King’s College London

3 November 2021, 14:00 – 15:00

The word ‘Library’ is rather like ‘School’: it a word which has been used over centuries to describe a variety of entities. The meaning is determined by who you are, and when you are using it – and the meaning before 2020 may well be different from the meaning in 2021.

What are the essential functions of a library? In the journey of knowledge, what is the difference between a library and a publisher? I would like to explore these meanings with librarians, since it seems to me that the Library of the Future depends on the Librarian of the Future.

Charlotte Roueché works on texts – inscribed or in manuscripts – from the Roman, late Antique and Byzantine periods. She is particularly interested in the interface between Digital Humanities and Classical and Byzantine studies, exploring how digital tools and digital publication can be used to break down barriers between disciplines, and between scholars across the world.

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