The Book Traces project explores future of print records

Unique and endangered 19th-century volumes preserved in library collections have great research value for the history of reading and reception, with marginal inscriptions—such as flowers, bookmarks and notes left by vanished readers—helping to write the history of the reading experience and predict its possible futures. The Book Traces project, a crowd-sourced web project based at the University of Virginia, considers the future of the print record in the wake of wide-scale digitization.

Guest lecturer Dr. Andrew Stauffer (University of Virginia) will present his talk, Book Traces Technologies of Memory and the Future of the Nineteenth Century.

This event is the first lecture of the new year for the SSHRC-supported speaker series Unravelling the Code(x): History of the Book, which runs October 2015 through February 2016 and explores book history scholarship and the creation, circulation and reception of knowledge.

When: Thursday, Jan.14 from 2 to 3 p.m.
Where: Room A003, Mearns Centre – McPherson Library