Lectures & Conferences
Librarians and Scholars—Past, Present, and Future
A Symposium in Honor of Daniel Traister
March 30-31, 2012

Engraved title page (modified) from Francis Bacon, Of the Advancement and Proficience of Learning (Oxford, 1640)
Speakers, Schedule, and Registration

In honor of our colleague Dr. Daniel Traister on the occasion of his retirement, the University of Pennsylvania Libraries will host a symposium examining the worlds of librarians and scholars, and how these worlds intersect with and influence each other. Themes to be addressed by symposium speakers will include:

  • History of Collections and Collecting: Encyclopedism vs. Curiosity
  • Epistemology and Its Classifications in Libraries
  • History of Librarianship/Portraits of Librarians
  • The Role of the Librarian: Scholar and/or Professional
  • Changes and Continuities in the Digital Age: Textual Conversion, Reading Practices, and Knowledge
Crossing disciplines and time periods, these themes reflect some of the broad interests that Dan has brought to his own work at institutions including the New York Public Library and the University of Pennsylvania. Dan has shared his insights with colleagues and students at those institutions as well as at Rare Book School, where for many years he taught courses and influenced a new generation of librarians. In addition, he has published many articles and reviews on scholarly and library-related topics.

Conference Sponsors

The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation
School of Arts and Sciences, University of Pennsylvania
Department of English, University of Pennsylvania
Wendy Wilson & Bruce McKittrick, and Bruce McKittrick Rare Books
Mary H. and Lawrence W. Pollack
Jay and Jean Kislak
University of Pennsylvania Libraries