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The Future of the Book Conference

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The Future of the Book Conference

Florida State University and the Panhandle Library Access Network (PLAN) are co-sponsoring a two-day event to explore the significance of emergent digital technologies on the dissemination and reading of text for research and pleasure.  View the conference program

Featured Speakers:

Elaine Treharne, Ph.D. Lynn Sutton, Ph.D Bob Stein
Elaine Treharne Lynn Sutton Bob Stein

You Kant Touch This: the Immanent Book and the Digital Age

As Libraries Change: Keep Your Eye on the Reader

McLuhan was Right

Elaine Treharne, Ph.D. (Thursday morning)

You Kant Touch This: the Immanent Book and the Digital Age

Elaine Treharne, FSU Professor of English and History of Text Technologies, BA, PhD (Manchester), MArAd (Liverpool), specializes in the cultural contexts, contents, and languages of manuscripts from ca. 700 to 1400, and teaches Book History from 60,000 BC to the present day. A particular focus in her work is the tactile nature of the book, and the analysis of the multiple layers that make up the codex (its "architexuality"). Research on this topic will lead to The Sensual Book, a volume focused on the interactions between early manuscripts and their users, and the theoretical implications of touch and the "voluminous." Elaine teaches some of this research as part of FSU's History of Text Technologies program, and is increasingly concerned with the disparity between the digital and the actual, and the ways in which the digital is used to simulate the real. Elaine is the author or editor of some two dozen books, and has published forty or so articles on Early English literature and manuscript history. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, a member of The Bibliographical Society, and the Convenor of the English Association Special Interest Group in the History of Books and Texts: (http://www.le.ac.uk/engassoc/fellows/book.html). She is a Trustee for the English Association and its former Chair and President. She is the Medieval Editor for Review of English Studies, an Editor for Speculum, Early Medieval Editor for Blackwell's Literature Compass, and a member of the Advisory Boards for English and for PEER Review. At FSU, Elaine is Vice-President of the Board of The Friends of Strozier Library and a Board member for the Small Crafts Advisory Press.

Bob Stein (Thursday afternoon)

McLuhan was Right

Bob Stein, Founder and Co-Director of the Institute for the Future of the Book, has been engaged with electronic publishing full-time since 1980, when he spent a year researching and writing a paper for Encyclopedia Britannica "EB and Intellectual Tools of the Future." In 1984 he founded The Criterion Collection, a critically acclaimed series of definitive films, which included the first supplementary sections and director commentaries and introduced the letterbox format. He also founded the Voyager Company, which in 1989 published one of the first commercially viable CD-ROMs, The CD Companion to Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. In 1992 Voyager published the first electronic books, including Douglas Adams' Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy and Michael Crichton's Jurassic Park. In 2004 The MacArthur Foundation provided a generous grant with which Stein founded the Institute for the Future of the Book, a small think & do tank aimed at exploring and influencing the evolution of new forms of intellectual expression. In 2005 the Institute published the first "networked books," which were instrumental in the recognition of the important shift to social reading and writing as discourse moves from printed pages to networked screens. Currently Stein and his partners are building a comprehensive platform for social reading.


Lynn Sutton, Ph.D. (Friday morning)

As Libraries Change: Keep Your Eye on the Reader

Lynn Sutton, Ph.D. is Dean of the Z. Smith Reynolds Library at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, winner of the 2011 ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries award. Previously, she served as Associate Dean at Wayne State University Libraries in Detroit, MI. She holds the AB and AMLS degrees from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in Education from Wayne State University.  Lynn has a wide variety of scholarly interests, speaking and publishing on such topics as the user-centered library, intellectual freedom, embedded librarianship, collection development, and leadership theory. She is the recipient of the 2009 ALA-APA Sirsi-Dynix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting Salaries and Status for Library Workers.
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