Discovery and Democracy: The Role of the Digital Image in the Transformation of the Cultural Heritage Landscape

Sunday, July 12, 2020 - 3:00pm

As part of its Summer 2020 Small Talk Series, the Council of the Friends of the Princeton University Library invites you to an online event with William Noel, Associate University Librarian for Special Collections, who will discuss the role of the digital image in the transformation of the cultural heritage landscape.

The digital image is not a surrogate for the original book.  It is a primary resource in its own right, responsive to questions, subject to powerful manipulations, and open to employment in contexts of which the physical book could only dream – if only it could think.  It also opens up the world of rare books to an audience of millions. In this talk, William Noel will discuss some of the potential of the digital image to transform the world of cultural heritage, and he will reassure us that unique and material aspects of any rare book will always remain at the heart of any Special Collections endeavor.

View recordings of Friends Small Talks and the Library's Special Collections Highlights Series.