Lecture with Baroness Blackstone

ATBL’s Sixth Breslauer Lecture:
Baroness Blackstone on “Bones to Bytes”

“The bones I refer to are the oldest items in the British Library’s collection: 3,000-year-old Chinese oracle bones from the Shang period (ca. 1600 – 1050 B.C.E.). The bytes are units of digital information, now increasingly ubiquitous in library collections and posing challenges to us about how we collect, preserve, and provide access to the world’s knowledge in digital format, both now and in perpetuity.”

That was an excerpt from the sixth lecture in the Breslauer series, given by Baroness Blackstone at the Grolier Club on October 17, 2011.

Baroness Blackstone was appointed Chairman of the British Library in 2010. Prior to her appointment, she was named Vice-Chancellor of the University of Greenwich. She is also a trustee of the Royal Opera House. In 1987 she was awarded a life peerage and sits on the Labor Party benches in the House of Lords. Her publications include Race Relations in Britain with Bhikhu Parekh and Peter Saunders (Routledge, 1997) and Disadvantage and Education with Jo Mortimore (Heinemann, 1982). She has broadcast and written extensively in the national media.

The American Trust and the Grolier Club are proud to present this lecture series. It reflects Americans’ high regard for the worldwide contributions and reputation of the British Library. A printed version of this lecture will be available in the spring.

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