Is the digital revolution eroding our memory?

Ingrid Parent
Ingrid Parent

We can still read the clay tablets that our ancestors made 2000 years ago. Yet the words we wrote in WordPerfect not so long ago are often no longer accessible. And the average lifespan of a website is said to be three months.

While digital technologies offer an incredible means of creating and giving unlimited access to cultural heritage today, access tomorrow is far from guaranteed. Society faces a serious risk of digital amnesia.

Library and Archives Canada invites you to a lecture on this interesting subject, with internationally renowned Canadian librarian Ingrid Parent, in Ottawa on April 19.

The presentation is part of the Wallot-Sylvestre Seminars organized by Library and Archives Canada. These lectures promote the exchange of ideas in fields such as library science, information science, archival science and history.

Over the course of her career, Ms. Parent has been involved with a number of international information associations, including UNESCO, the International Publishers Association, the ISSN International Network, the World Intellectual Property Organization and the Association of Research Libraries. In 2009, she was awarded the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship. For the past 14 years, Ms. Parent has been actively involved in the governance of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), serving as president from 2011 to 2013. As University Librarian at the University of British Columbia, she has made the university's digital plan a top priority.

Free public event
"Play it again, Sam! An international response to digital amnesia"

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa

Please register for this events. The presentation will be in English with simultaneous translation.
It will be followed by a question period.

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