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Lexington Community Education presents: Digitize, Democratize: Libraries & The Future of Books with Robert Darnton
Has the age of the book passed us by? Has technology really taken over? Do the potential benefits of digital access outweigh the loss of browsing in bookstores and makingnotes in margins? Harvard University Library Director, and author of The Case for Books feels that the book is not dead. In fact, the world is producing more books than ever before, with one million new books soon to be produced each year. “But the future is digital. And I believe that if we can resolve the current challenges facing books in ways that favor ordinary citizens, we can create a digital republic of letters.”
Robert Darnton is the author and editor of over two dozen books, including The Case for Books: Past, Present, and Future. Darnton was educated at Harvard University and Oxford University, where he was a Rhodes Scholar and has worked as a reporter for The New York Times, taught at Princeton, became Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library at Harvard and has been a visiting professor or fellow at many universities and institutes for advanced study. His outside activities include service as a trustee of the New York Public Library and the Oxford University Press (USA).
Pre-registration is strongly recommended. Please call Lexington Community Education at 781 862 8043 to register using a MasterCard or VISA. Full details at www.lexingtoncommunityed.org
More About Lexington Depot
The Lexington Depot was built in 1847 and was recently renovated. It is operated by the Lexington Historical Society. It used to be the train station for the line that ran to and from Boston. The path of the line itself is now the Minuteman Bikeway. The Depot is not open to the public, but can be rented for private functions of up to 100 people. Contact the society for more information. There is also a town-operated parking lot located behind the building, which can be used for event parking.
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