When what is new is not: the information society in perspective

When what is new is not: the information society in perspective

Whyte Lectures
Monday, 07 September 2009
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm (AEST)

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Join guest speaker Emeritus Professor W Boyd Rayward at the inaugural lecture to celebrate the legacy of two significant bequestors to Monash University. Emeritus Professor Boyd Rayward is a prominent researcher in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

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Emeritus Professor W Boyd Rayward

Emeritus Professor W Boyd Rayward will discuss why recent changes in information infrastructure are, in fact, not new. He will explain two historical moments that mark a turning point in the evolution of information management, including why some of these earlier innovations failed before they could  be realised.

Emeritus Professor Rayward's recent studies focus on hypertext and the beginnings of modern information science; utopian schemes of knowledge organisation including HG Wells' idea of a 'world brain'; and the implications of digitisation and networking for libraries and museums.

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Photo: (from left) Dr Brian McMullin, Emeritus Professor W. Boyd Rayward,
Professor Sue McKemmish - Associate Dean Research,
Professor Ron Weber - Dean of the Faculty of IT.

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Emeritus Professor W Boyd Rayward

About Whyte lectures

Presented by the Faculty of Information Technology and Whyte Fund Committee, this annual oration aims to provide thought leadership and inspiration in the librarianship, archives and records sector by inviting distinguished speakers to share their insights.

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