Auftakt zum Kongress ist der Eröffnungsabend am Dienstag, 15. September 2015 um 19.00 Uhr im Audi Max im Hauptgebäude der Universität Wien.
Nach der Begrüßung durch die Leiterin des Bibliotheks- und Archivwesens der Universität Wien Maria Seissl folgen die Grußworte des Rektors der Universität Wien Heinz W. Engl, der Vorsitzenden des Universitätsrats Eva Nowotny, Peter Seitz als Vertreter des BM Wissenschaft, Forschung und Wirtschaft, Werner Schlacher (Präsident der VÖB) Donna Scheeder (Präsidentin der IFLA) sowie Diane Korneli-Dreier als VertreterIn der am Kongress teilnehmenden Firmen.
Als Festvortrag spricht Professor Robert Darnton, Leiter der Universitätsbibliothek der Harvard University,  zum Thema "Libraries, Books, and the Digital Future" (in englischer Sprache):

Despite a lot of loose talk about the death of the book and the obsolescence of libraries, books and libraries are more important than ever in the current digital environment; and their importance will increase as we design the digital future—if only we can get it right.  One way leads through excessive commercialization to a future in which the public will cease to have access to most of the material that belongs in the public domain.  Another way is to democratize access to knowledge.  The Digital Public Library of America, which went online on April 18, 2013 exemplifies the possibilities of democratization.  It is a distributed network of digitized collections from research libraries scattered across the U.S., and it aims to make America’s cultural heritage available, free of charge, to all Americans and in fact to everyone in the world.

Kurzbio zu Robert Darnton:

Robert Darnton was educated at Harvard University (A.B., 1960) and Oxford University (B.Phil., 1962; D. Phil., 1964), where he was a Rhodes Scholar. After a brief stint as a reporter for The New York Times, he became a junior fellow in the Society of Fellows at Harvard. He taught at Princeton from 1968 until 2007, when he became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard. He has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study, and his outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA) and terms as president of the American Historical Association and the International Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies. Among his honors are a MacArthur Prize Fellowship, a National Book Critics Circle Award, election to the French Legion of Honor, the National Humanities Medal conferred by President Obama in February 2012, and the Del Duca World Prize in the Humanities awarded by the Institut de France in 2013. He has written and edited many books, including The Business of Enlightenment: A Publishing History of the Encyclopédie (1979, an early attempt to develop the history of books as a field of study), The Great Cat Massacre and Other Episodes in French Cultural History (1984, probably his most popular work, which has been translated into 18 languages), Berlin Journal, 1989-1990, (1991, an account of the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of East Germany), and The Forbidden Best-Sellers of Prerevolutionary France (1995, a study of the underground book trade). His latest books are The Case for Books (2009), The Devil in the Holy Water, or The Art of Slander in France from Louis XIV to Napoleon (2009), Poetry and the Police: Communication Networks in Eighteenth-Century Paris (2010), and Censors at Work: How States Shaped Literature (2014).

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Freier Eintritt 

Dienstag, 15. September 2015, 19:00 Uhr

Universität Wien
Audi Max
Universitätsring 1
1010 Wien

Erreichbarkeit mit öffentlichen Verkehrsmittel:
Station Schottentor (U-Bahn: U2; Straßenbahn: D, 1, 37, 38, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, 71; Bus: 1A, 40A)


Bibliothekartag 2015 | Universitätsring 1  | 1010 Wien