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Carl Posy

Join us for an afternoon in Special Collections

Tuesday, February 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

The value of the original in the digital age

Guest Speaker: Carl Posy, Head of the School of Religion and Philosophy of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and former Academic Director of the National Library of Israel

All MSU Library faculty and staff are invited to attend. Please pass the word along to others you know who may be interested in attending this lecture.

Contact Kim Scott in Special Collections with questions at (406) 994-4242.

More information on the lecture:

The National Library of Israel (formerly the Jewish National University Library) stems from an institution founded in Jerusalem in 1892, and in the course of its 120 years, it has gathered one of the finest and largest collections in the history of written and printed Jewish treasures, from manuscripts in Maimonides' own hand to Kafka notebooks, and from the personal archives of poets and writers like Else Lasker-Schuler, SY Agnon and A.B. Yehoshua to those of thinkers like Martin Buber and Walter Benjamin. It houses world class collections in several other fields as well.

The Library is in the midst of a large scale renewal. Recognition de jure by the Knesset and the name change were part of this, and in a few years there will be a new state-of-the-art home near the Knesset. All of this comes in the midst of the "digital revolution" and it forced the Library's planners to look carefully at what to collect and how to preserve the treasures.

These seemingly technical and economic issues actually raise a more theoretical question that will face all "heritage institutions": What will be the value of preserving an original document once we can digitally retrieve and store all its interesting information? Dr. Posy will point out the connection between how we think about this question and how we think about the sources of identity and memory in general and Jewish identity and memory in particular.