May 21, 2022

Audio: Robert Darnton and Susan Flannery on “Digitizing the Culture of Print: The Digital Public Library of America and Other Urgent Projects”

The following audio presentation was recorded at a MIT Communications Forum event on November 1, 2012. The recording runs about 2 hours.


Robert Darnton is Director of the Harvard Library, a member of the DPLA steering committee, one of America’s most distinguished historians.

Susan Flannery is director of libraries for the City of Cambridge and past president of the Massachusetts Library Association. She is also a member of the DPLA steering committee.


The role of the library in the digital age is one of the compelling questions of our era. How are libraries coping with the promise and perils of our impending digital future? What urgent initiatives are underway to assure universal access to our print inheritance and to the digital communication forms of the future? How is the very idea of the library changing? These and related questions will engage our distinguished panelists, who represent both research and public libraries and two of whom serve on the steering committee for the Digital Public Library of America.

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