May 13, 2016 Preservation of Information in Digital Age Is Subject of Book Discussion

Author Asks “How Can Technology Keep Pace with the Information Explosion?”

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Historian Abby Smith Rumsey, in her new book, "When We Are No More: How Digital Memory Is Shaping Our Future" (Bloomsbury Press, 2016), examines the history of memory from caves to computer chips. She also makes the point that each of us has a role to play in ensuring that we are remembered when we are no more.

Rumsey will discuss and sign her book on Tuesday, May 24, at noon, in the Mumford Room, located on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, 101 Independence Ave. S.E., Washington, D.C. This Books & Beyond event, sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, is free and open to the public; no tickets are required.

As Rumsey makes clear, we no longer write history in hard copy. There will be no equivalent to the Gettysburg Address in Lincoln’s hand or our ancestors’ letters. How digital information is stored will determine what is left for others to know about us.

Abby Smith Rumsey is a historian who writes about how ideas and information technologies shape perceptions of history, time and personal and cultural identity. A Russian scholar, she spent a decade at the Library of Congress working in the area of digital curation and preservation. She consults for a variety of universities and the National Science Foundation.

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