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[BKARTS] Conference 'The future history of the book', November 2002 The Hague (Netherlands), Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Conference 'The future history of the book'

7-8-(9) November 2002 The Hague (Netherlands), Koninklijke Bibliotheek

Announcement and Second Call for Papers

Since 1998, the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, the National Library of the
Netherlands, has been engaged in a project to create an electronic
information system on the history of the printed book in the Netherlands.
This project has resulted in an interactive tool, entitled Bibliopolis,
based on World Wide Web technology. Bibliopolis consists of various
components: a concise history of the printed book in the Netherlands; an
image database; biographical and bibliographical data; full text digital
copies of important book-historical studies; and various bibliographic
tools. This project of the KB has been developed in close co-operation with
the universities of Amsterdam, Leiden, Nijmegen and Utrecht, and the
Nederlandse Boekhistorische Vereniging. Financial support was provided by
the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO).

Bibliopolis will be presented during an international conference on 78
November 2002 at the Koninklijke Bibliotheek, The Hague. The theme of this
conference, entitled The future history of the book, will be: the influence
of new media on book-historical research and new directions in book
history. The conference language is English. On 9 November an optional
excursion will be organised to the KB's major exhibition on children's
books in the Kunsthal in Rotterdam.

Robert Darnton (Princeton University, NJ) and David McKitterick (Wren
Librarian, Trinity College, Cambridge) will be our keynote speakers. The
plenary morning sessions will be devoted to Bibliopolis and the history of
the book in the Netherlands. In the afternoon sessions, parallel workshops
will be held. One session will be organised by CERL (Consortium of European
Research Libraries) and one session will be devoted to Bibliopolis itself.

For the other sessions we invite you to contribute to the discussion by
submitting a short paper on one of the following topics:

1.      Changing copyright issues 2.    The function of books versus that
of hypermedia 3.      Interfacing: codex versus electronic text
4.    Historical resources of the future

To facilitate the workshop discussions and the preparation of papers, we
have put forward some theses and questions. These can be found at
www.kb.nl/coop/bibliopoliscongres. It is our intention to publish the
papers on the Internet prior to the conference and they will be presented
and discussed in the workshops, followed by a plenary discussion.

Discussion papers should not exceed two pages (i.e. 1,000 words) and should
include a title and a brief (max. 100 words) biographical identification.
Submitting a paper will grant you free entry to the conference on 7 and 8
November. We are, however, unable to reimburse you for travel expenses.

The deadline for submissions is 1 July. Papers should be sent by e-mail to:

Further information can be obtained at the above mentioned e-mail address,
web site or at our postal address. A registration form is available on our

Bibliopolis Conference
Koninklijke Bibliotheek
Department of Special Collections
P.O. Box 90407
2509 LK The Hague
The Netherlands

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