[Canceled] Digital Close Readings: How and Why We Must Attend to Born Digital Cultural Artifacts

The digital era has brought with it an unprecedented scale of creative production and outputs and ushered in an era of analysis of culture at scale. How should our existing traditions for collecting, preserving, organizing, describing, and interpreting cultural artifacts connect to a world in which the forms and formats of creative production are increasingly born digital? Drawing on examples from the performing arts, journalism, design, folklore, and video games this talk will introduce a set of frames for both preserving and interpreting born digital objects.

Dr. Trevor Owens is a librarian, researcher, policy maker, and educator advancing digital infrastructure and programs for libraries and archives. Owens serves as the first Head of Digital Content Management at the Library of Congress. He is also a Public Historian in Residence at American University, and a lecturer for the University of Maryland’s College of Information, where he is also a Research Affiliate with the Digital Curation Innovation Center.

Owens previously worked as a Senior Program Officer and as Associate Deputy Director for Libraries at the United States Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). At the IMLS, he led the establishment of the National Digital Platform initiative, which under his leadership, invested more than $30 million in 110 projects to advance digital infrastructure for libraries across the nation. Prior to that, he worked on digital preservation strategy and as a historian of science at the Library of Congress. Before joining the Library of Congress, he led outreach and communications efforts for the Zotero project at the Center for History and New Media at George Mason University.

Owens is the author of three books, the most recent of which, The Theory and Craft of Digital Preservation, was published by Johns Hopkins University Press in 2018 and has won outstanding publication awards from both the American Library Association and the Society of American Archivists. His research and writing has been featured in: Curator: The Museum Journal, Digital Humanities Quarterly, The Journal of Digital Humanities, D-Lib, Simulation & Gaming, Science Communication, New Directions in Folklore, and American Libraries.

Horizons is a colloquium series featuring a diverse mix of librarians, instructional designers, inventors, scholars, and innovators exploring disciplinary boundaries in teaching, learning, and scholarly communication. This series highlights developments and trends that will have an impact over the coming years in higher education.

Friday, April 10 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Case-Geyer Library, 560
Case-Geyer Library, 13 Oak Dr, Hamilton, NY 13346, USA

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