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July 1, 2005

UI Libraries Conference Examines Future Of The Book In A Digital Age

The future of the paper book in a digital age will be examined in a three-day conference to be held July 22-25 at the University of Iowa.

"The Changing Book: Transitions in Design, Production & Preservation" is sponsored by the University of Iowa Libraries. The conference will provide perspective on the continuing role of the paper book, trends in production, preservation and visions for the future.

"Many people have written obituaries for the paper book as technology has become more prevalent, but it has managed to endure so far," said Gary Frost, UI Libraries Conservator, one of the event's organizers. "At this conference, we'll see if those death announcements are valid or premature."

Among those speaking will be Mary Lynn Ritzenthaler, chief of the document conservation laboratory of the National Archives; John Dean, preservation and conservation librarian at Cornell University; and Chris Clarkson, independent conservator and professor in the Rare Book School at the University of Virginia.

Sessions include "The Book and its Equivalents," "Changes in the Perception of the Book" and "Responding to the On-Demand Society." Also included are a tent show with hands-on demonstrations of book making and book preservation, exhibitions and open houses, all in the style of county fair.

For more information or to register, call 800-551-9029 or visit online at

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