Space & Knowledge Conference

Space and Knowledge November 17, 2005

On November 17, 2005, The Provost's Task Force on the Library and The University of Chicago Library hosted a one-day conference remembering the past and planning for the future of the Library. Speakers presented historical and current library perspectives and addressed issues of architectural and information-technology trends in research libraries.

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Presentations

Opening Remarks and Update on the Regenstein Addition Project

Andrew Abbott and Judith Nadler

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Historical Reflections on Regenstein

Neil Harris

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Student Use of the Library

Andrew Abbott

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Architectural Trends in Academic Research Libraries

Geoffrey Freeman (presented by Carole Wedge)

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The Library of the Future: An Information Technologist's Perspective

James Neal

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Audience Questions and Comments

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Closing Remarks

Richard Saller

About the Speakers

Andrew Abbott is the Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago. He is also Chair of the Provost's Task Force on the Library.

Judith Nadler is Director of the University of Chicago Library and University Librarian.

Neil Harris is the Preston and Sterling Morton Professor in the Departments of History, Art History, the Committee of Geographical Studies, and the College at the University of Chicago.

Geoffrey Freeman is Principal at Shepley Bulfinch Richardson Abbott (SBRA) in Boston. Unfortunately Mr. Freeman had emergency surgery on the day of the conference and could not attend in person; Carole Wedge, President of SBRA, presented Mr. Freeman's talk via videoconference.

James Neal is Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian at Columbia University.

Richard Saller is the Provost of the University of Chicago and Edward L. Ryerson Distinguished Service Professor in the Departments of History, New Testament & Early Christian Literatures, Classical Languages and Literatures, and the College.

 

The Task Force on the University Library was formed to consider how best to maximize the Library's intellectual impact. Its members include Andrew Abbott, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in Sociology, Chair; James Chandler, Barbara E. and Richard J. Franke Professor in English Language & Literature; Martin Feder, Professor in Organismal Biology & Anatomy; Neil Harris, Preston and Sterling Morton Professor in History; Richard Rosengarten, Dean of the Divinity School; Martha T. Roth, Deputy Provost for Research and Education and Professor, Oriental Institute and Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations; Jim Vaughan, Assistant Director of the Library, Access and Facilities; and Judith Nadler, Director of the Library.