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Columbia University to Host Conference on Technology's Impact on Publishers Archives

Columbia University's Rare Book and Manuscript Library will host Publishers Archives in the 1990s: The Changing Marketplace, Technology and Scholarship, a three-day conference beginning Thursday, October 3rd. The conference is also sponsored by The Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, the Association of American Publishers, and the Book Industry Study Group. Columbia University has one of the country's great collections of papers from publishers and literary agents, including Random House and HarperCollins. "Increasingly, our publishers archives are being used by people from many different fields," said Jean Ashton, director of Columbia's Rare Book and Manuscript Library. "Not just literary scholars, but people looking at these materials from a legal, historical, or communications perspective. This trend, coupled with new technology that is causing great change in the field of publishing, inspired this conference." Panels at the conference will include: Understanding the Publishing Process, the Changing Marketplace, Publishers Archives as Primary Sources, Intellectual Property, Inventories of Publishers Archives and Access Issues. They will run from 8:30 AM to 5:15 PM on Friday, October 4th, and from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM on Saturday, October 5th. The keynote address, on Thursday, October 3rd, at 7 PM, will be given by Robert Giroux, former chairman of Farrar, Straus and Giroux. Other conference participants include: Lisa Browar of the Lilly Library at Indiana University; Jim Milliot, business editor, Publishers Weekly; Thomas F. Staley, Ransom Research Center, University of Texas; Mary Levering, Copyright Office, Library of Congress; Donald Lamm, chairman, W.W. Norton Company; William Joyce, Princeton University Library; Laura Gasaway, Law School, University of North Carolina; Judith Platt and Allan Adler, the Association of American Publishers; Kate Wittenberg, Columbia University Press; Beth Luey, Arizona State University; Sandra K. Paul, Book Industry Study Group; and David McKitterick, Trinity College Library, Cambridge, England. Jean Ashton and John Y. Cole, director of The Center for the Book in The Library of Congress are the conference organizers and panel moderators. The conference sessions will be held in the Dag Hammarskjold Lounge, School of International and Public Affairs Building, 6th floor. With the exception of a $30 fee for the keynote address and dinner, the conference is free. Reservations are required only for the dinner, which will be held at Columbia's Faculty House. An opening reception, given by the Rare Book and Manuscript Library and Columbia University Press, will be held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library preceding the dinner. For more information or to register for the dinner call 212-854-2231. 9.20.96 18,951