Welcome

Welcome to THE TRANSPARENT LIBRARY, an examination of the past, present, and future of library spaces, technologies, and research practices.

This site is a product of LIBRARY/LABORATORY, a spring 2014 class in the Museums & Society Program in the Krieger School of Arts & Sciences at Johns Hopkins University [AS.389.390], meeting Tuesdays 3 – 5:20 pm. We meet in the Brody Learning Commons on the Homewood campus–a building that also serves as our genius loci. In the spirit of a learning commons, guest speakers will come to our class five times throughout the semester, one time virtually and on four occasions in person to give lectures that are also open to a larger community. All lectures are in the Macksey Room (BLC 2043, M-level) at the times noted below.

February 18, 4:30 pm: Stephen Nichols, James M. Beall Professor Emeritus of French and Humanities, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, “The Library and Government Policy: Charles V Creates the First State Library.”

March 4, 5:30 pm: Earle Havens, William Kurrelmeyer Curator of Rare Books and Manuscripts and Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of History: “The Antiquary in His Library: Horace Walpole, ‘Gothic Gloomth,’ and the Ambition of the 18th-Century Gentleman Book Collector.”

April 1, 4:30 pm: Skype discussion with Lisa Gitelman, Professor of English and of Media, Culture and Communication, New York University, about a chapter from her new book Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents (Duke 2014).

April 8, 4:30 pm: Shannon Mattern, Associate Professor, School of Media Studies, The New School, “The Library as Emergent Infrastructure.”

April 22, 4:30 pm: Kari Kraus, Associate Professor, College of Information Studies and Department of English, University of Maryland, College Park: “Critical Making in the Humanities.”

If you have questions about the lecture series or the class, please contact the instructor, Gabrielle Dean, at gnodean@jhu.edu.

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