March 14, 2005 Digital Lecture Series Featuring Edward Ayers Discussing the Future of Scholarship to be Aired Live on C-SPAN on March 14

Press Contact: Sheryl Cannady (202) 707-6456, Library of Congress | Peggy Keegan (202) 626-8797, C-SPAN
Contact: E-mail contact for questions during the programs:

WHAT: The John W. Kluge Center at the Library of Congress presents a series of evening lectures on “Managing Knowledge and Creativity in a Digital Context” featuring some of the best-known experts in digitally networked communications. All lectures are free and open to the public, and no reservations are required. The 90-minute programs will be aired live on C-SPAN.

This March 14 program will be followed by the final program on March 28.

The moderators and coordinators for these events are Deanna Marcum, associate librarian for Library Services at the Library of Congress, and Derrick de Kerckhove, holder of the Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education and Technology at the John W. Kluge Center.


C-SPAN’s viewers can be part of the live lecture series by e-mailing their questions to the experts at C-SPAN's viewers can learn more information about the series and view archived video of prior lectures in the series on the network’s Web site at

WHEN: The seventh lecture in the series takes place at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, March 14.

WHO: The speaker is Edward L. Ayers, dean of the College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences at the University of Virginia and author of “In the Presence of Mine Enemies, War in the Heart of America 1859-1863.” Ayers was awarded the 2003 national Professor of the Year at doctoral and research universities. His presentation is titled “Revolution in the Archives: The Future of Scholarly Publishing.” Among the questions Ayers will address are the effects of digitization on understanding the human record and the impact of the digital revolution on scholarly writing.

WHERE: Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

FINAL PROGRAM: This program will be held at 6:30 p.m. in the Mumford Room, sixth floor of the James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C.

Monday, March 28 -- Neil Gershenfeld is director of the Center for Bits and Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and author of “When Things Start to Think.” His concept, Internet Zero (0), proposes a new infrastructure for the existing Internet that would give an IP address to all electronic devices -- from light bulbs to Internet addresses and URLs -- and interconnect them directly, thereby eliminating much intermediating code and server technology. His topic is “From the Library of Information to the Library of Things.”


PR 05-064
ISSN 0731-3527