Alabama Center for the Book Gathering

You are invited to an Alabama Center for the Book Gathering

Alabama Special Collections and Archives for the 21st Century

Saturday, March 3, 2012 ∙ 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Amelia Gayle Gorgas Library, 711 Capstone Drive, room 205 

The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

Co-Sponsors:  University of Alabama Libraries, the School of Library & Information Studies, and the College of Communication & Information Sciences

This day-long meeting will engage individuals and institutions state-wide interested in sharing information about its many public and private archives and special collections. The meeting creates opportunities for librarians, curators, archivists, book artists, museum administrators and collectors to share their thoughts on defining and redefining collecting, compare notes on physical and virtual exhibitions, and have a fruitful dialog about opportunities and options for special collections over the next two to five years.

2009 MacArthur Fellow Timothy Barrett, from the University of Iowa, will speak about his work in studying under what conditions ancient papers survive and thrive.

For a change in pace, renowned book artist Tim Ely will discuss his one-of-a kind painted books, written in his own language and inspired by thoughts of alien worlds.

Kenneth Gaddy, director of the Paul W. Bryant Museum, will give insight to physical and virtual exhibits.

John Cole, director of the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, will conclude the afternoon with his thoughts on how special collections will evolve over the next five years.

Around these centerpiece presentations we will, with your participation, attempt to identify some of the many unique Alabama archive and special collections.

*If you are interested in presenting, up to five minutes, about your special collection, please contact Dr. Bob Riter, In your email, please include a brief description about your collection including the title, venue, and address.


8:30 Coffee and Introductions

9:00 Welcome – Dr. Louis Pitschmann, Dean of University of Alabama Libraries, and Dr. Heidi Julien, Director of the School of Library & Information Studies, University of Alabama

9:15–10:00 On The Longevity of Paper, Timothy Barrett, University of Iowa

10:00–10:30 Coffee Break

10:30–11:30 Defining Archives and Special Collections—Who Are We? A series of 5-minute speed talks moderated by Dr. Bob Riter and Professor Steve Miller, School of Library and Information Studies, University of Alabama*

11:30–12:30 Defining, and Redefining Collecting, moderated by Bill and Vicky Stewart of Vamp & Tramp, Booksellers, Birmingham, Alabama

12:30–1:30 Box Lunch

1:30–2:15 On Imagination and The 21st-Century Book, Tim Ely, Book Artist from Colfax, Washington, Introduced by Mary Ann Sampson, Ragland

2:15–3:00 Physical and Virtual Exhibitions, moderated by Kenneth Gaddy, Director, Paul W. Bryant Museum, Tuscaloosa, Alabama, Introduced by Steven MacCall

3:00-3:20 Break

3:20–4:30 Opportunities and Options for Special Collections and Archives Over the Next 3–5 Years, a presentation by John Cole, Director of the Center of the Book in the Library of Congress, Introduced by Dean Louis Pitschmann

4:30 Final Observations by Dean Louis Pitschmann

Click here to download the 2012 Registration Form.


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