Phineas L. Windsor Lectures

The Windsor Lecture honors the career of Dr. Phineas L. Windsor, who served as director of the University of Illinois Library and the Library School from 1909 to 1940. The initial lecture was presented in 1949 by John T. Winterich and titled, "Three Lantern Slides: Books, The Book Trade, and Some Related Phenomena in America, 1876, 1901 and 1926." Gifts from alumni and friends established the Windsor Lecture fund when Dr. Windsor retired. Marian (’50 BA Science and Letters) and Arnold (’50 BS Architectural Studies) Thompson continue to generously support the ongoing lecture series. Marian is a Windsor granddaughter.


"Information Power Shifts and the Fifth Estate"
Presented by William H. Dutton, Quello Professor of Media and Information Policy, Michigan State University
Audio | Recorded 3/14/16


"Yes, Virginia, You Can Digitize Millions of Books: Copyright, HathiTrust, and the Legacy of Libraries"
Presented by Jack Bernard, Associate General Counsel, Office of the Vice President and General Counsel, University of Michigan
Video | Audio (Recorded 4/28/15)


"Inquiry in the Digital Age"
Presented by Barbara Stripling, ALA President-Elect, Assistant Professor of Practice at Syracuse University, and former Director of Library Services for NYC Public Schools
Audio (Recorded 4/17/13)


"Memory Organizations and Evidence to Support Scholarship in the 21st Century"
Presented by Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information
MP3 Audio (Recorded 4/17/12)


"Shifting Organizational Boundaries for a Sustainable Digital Ecosystem at Yale"
Presented by Meg Bellinger, Director of the Office of Digital Assets and Infrastructure (ODAI), Yale University
MP3 Audio (Recorded 10/25/11)

"Visualizations of Universes of Knowledge"
Presented by Charles van den Heuvel, Head of Research into the History of Science, Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences
MP3 Audio (Recorded 10/5/11)  |  Slides


"An e-Science Odyssey, an epic drama of adventure and exploration"
Presented by Carole Goble, Professor, School of Computer Science, University of Manchester
MP3 Audio (Recorded 5/3/2010)


"The Perfect Storm"
Presented by G. Sayeed Choudhury, Associate Dean for Library Digital Programs, Johns Hopkins University
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"Digital History: Revolution or Revelation?"
Presented by Dr. Ian Wilson, Librarian and Archivist of Canada
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"Library Research and Its Infrastructure in the Twentieth Century"
Presented by Dr. Andrew Abbott, Gustavus F. and Ann M. Swift Distinguished Service Professor in the Department of Sociology and the College at the University of Chicago
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"Using the Future to Create the Present"
Presented by Betty Sue Flowers, Director of the Lyndon B. Johnson Presidential Library
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"What's an Author to Do? Google, Digitization, and the Future of Books"
Presented by Dr. Siva Vaidhyanathan, Associate Professor of Culture and Communication, New York University
Abstract: This talk will explore the ways that large-scale digitization projects such as Google Book Search affect those who research and write books. It will examine the ways full-text searches might affect research, how widespread access to digitized books will alter market demands for authors, and how technological changes could alter the modes of composition and distribution of books in the near future. Critical of Google for its lack of quality control, this talk will argue that the public debate (such as that between John Updike and Kevin Kelly) has been misguided and misplaced. The real questions for authors will be how we will gather and represent the raw materials for our work.
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"The Academic Library in a Googlezon World"
Presented by Roy Tennant, User Services Architect, California Digital Library
Abstract: Breakthrough Internet-based businesses like Google and Amazon have both raised user expectations of information services as well as demonstrated new possibilities. What is the appropriate position of an academic library in this new environment? What are we best positioned to do, and what should we leave to others to do? How should academic libraries change to better serve the needs of their university clientele? These and related questions will be explored in a talk in which there are no sacred cows. The lecture will be from 4:00-5:00 p.m., and then followed by a reception.
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"What Children Can Teach Us: Lessons Learned from the Trenches of Digital Libraries"
Presented by Dr. Allison Druin, University of Maryland College of Information Studies and Institute for Advanced Computer Studies
Abstract: Developing new technologies appropriate for children can be challenging, since young people can have difficulty reading, typing, and spelling without mistakes, and are continually changing in their interests and abilities. Since 1999, our team at the University of Maryland has attempted to meet these challenges by developing digital libraries that support young people in querying, browsing, and reading scanned materials. With the support of an NSF ITR, an IMLS leadership grant, and Microsoft Research, we have developed and are evaluating the impact of The International Children's Digital Library ( Interdisciplinary researchers from computer science, information studies, education, art, and psychology have been working together with children to design and evaluate this new library. Currently the collection includes materials in 30 languages donated by authors, publishers, and national libraries from around the world. This presentation will offer a live demonstration of the current prototype and will highlight the design challenges in creating digital libraries for children. In particular, the needs of children as information searchers, users, and learners will be discussed.
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"Cataloging for the Future"
Presented by Dr. Barbara Tillett, Chief, Cataloging Policy and Support Office, Library of Congress
Abstract: Cataloging and catalogs are changing yet again to benefit from advances in technology. We have new ways of looking at the bibliographic universe to meet the needs of today’s users. We must do cataloging differently in the future while retaining the best of basic cataloging principles and the benefits of authority control. Our tools not only will improve future catalogs but also information seeking systems of tomorrow’s world.
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