What Is Our Future: The Codex and/or Electronic Media?

Dr. Brian M. Owens
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This presentation addresses the role of the codex in contemporary and future societies. Librarians and archivists, throughout the world, are engaged in an on-going debate on the survival of the codex. The session provides insight and complexity into this discourse. The codex and electronic media are examined as objects of wisdom, artefacts and holders of social memory. Marshall and Eric McLuhan’s Laws of the Media are utilised in the multifaceted evaluation. Extensive research in North America and Europe, and from his lecturing in the Academy. He has developed graduate programmes in Library and Information Studies, utilising both the traditional codex and current electronic resources. He has intellectually integrated these technologies, and envisions a future that is not polarised by a single medium.

Keywords: Codex, Print Medium, Electronic Media
Stream: Books, Writing and Reading
Presentation Type: Paper Presentation in English
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Dr. Brian M. Owens

Librarian, University Archives
Rare Books and Special Collections, University of Windsor

Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Dr. Brian M. Owens has followed a professioinal career path employed in Canadian academic, government and ecclesiastical archives and libraries. He has lectured in faculties of Library and Information science, in both Canada and the United States. Dr. Owens received his academic degrees from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada; the University of Washington, Seattle, USA; and the University of London, London, United Kingdom. Dr. Owens is currently University Archivist and Rare Books and Special Collections Librarian at the University of Windsor, in Windsor, Ontario, Canada.

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