Keynote Addresses

“Digital Scholarship and Digital Libraries: Past, Present, and Future” by Christine L. Borgman


In a few short decades, the practices of scholarship have been transformed by the use of digital resources, tools, and services. Some shifts are obvious, such as seeking, reading, and publishing research online, often to the exclusion of print. Other shifts are subtle, such as data being viewed as research products to be disseminated. Research objects are more atomized, yet aggregated in new ways. Digital technologies offer opportunities to innovate in scholarly practice, collaboration, and communication. Innovation in digital libraries is necessary to advance digital scholarship. The talk will present a set of challenges for 21st century research and practice drawn from Prof. Borgman’s forthcoming book, tentatively titled Big Data, Little Data, No Data.


Christine L. BorgmanChristine L. Borgman is a 2012-2013 Oliver Smithies Visiting Fellow and Lecturer at Balliol College, Oxford. She is also affiliated with the Oxford Internet Institute and the Oxford eResearch Centre. As Professor and Presidential Chair in Information Studies at UCLA, she is the author of more than 200 publications in the fields of information studies, computer science, and communication, and leads research teams on data practices and knowledge infrastructure. Her prior monographs, Scholarship in the Digital Age: Information, Infrastructure, and the Internet (MIT Press, 2007) and From Gutenberg to the Global Information Infrastructure: Access to Information in a Networked World (MIT Press, 2000), each won the Best Information Science Book of the Year award. She is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, a recipient of the Paul Evan Peters Award, and a recipient of the Research in Information Science Award.