Schedule + Readings

Supplemental resources for most of our weekly topics.

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Week 1: Aug. 27: Introductions + Historicizing Information Overload

TEXTS REFERENCED IN CLASS  (You needn’t read these, but you’re welcome to!)          

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ARCHIVES

Week 2: Sept. 3: Exploring The Archives

FIELD TRIP: New York City Municipal Archives, w/ Ken Cobb, Assistant Commissioner of the Department of Records and Information Services

Meet at 4:00 at 31 Chambers (@ Centre). Take 4/5/6 (front of train) to Brooklyn Bridge. Please bring picture ID.

READINGS           

The following will help to provide some context for our tour:

We’ll discuss this material in class next week:

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Week 3: Sept. 10: What’s in the Archive?

READINGS

We’ll discuss the following, as well as our readings from last week, in relation to our field trip:

We’ll continue our discussion of archival themes – including the relationships between memory and storage, ephemerality and erasure – in our “Databases” unit, particularly when we discuss Vannevar Bush.

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Week 4 Sept. 17: Who’s In the Archive?

PRESENTATIONS: Bean

READINGS/SCREENING  

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Theaster Gates, Vera List Prize Winner

September 18, 10am to 2pm; September 19, 10am to 1pm:
Open Forum Discussing Gates’ Dorchester Projects

September 18 – October 5
Exhibition: Aronson Gallery + Sheila Johnson Design Center

September 18, 5-6:30pm: Opening Reception

September 18 @ 7pm: Award Ceremony and Artist Lecture

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Week 5: Sept. 24: Archival Aesthetics

PRESENTATIONS: Phuong + Michael

READINGS/LISTENINGS

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LIBRARIES

Week 6: Oct. 1: Ordering Media’s “Innumerable Species”

PRESENTATIONS: Jennifer + Justin

READINGS/SCREENING  

  • Georges Perec, “Think/Classify” In Species of Spaces and Other Pieces (New York: Penguin, 1997): 188-205.
  • Roy Boyne, “ClassificationTheory, Culture & Society 23:2-3 (2006): 21-30.
  • Alex Wright, “The Industrial Library” In Glut: Mastering Information Through the Ages (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2008): 167-80.
  • Barbara Tillett, “What is FRBR?” (Library of Congress Cataloging Distribution Service, 2003).
  • Browse through the resources for Dr. Cristina Patuelli’s “Knowledge Organization” class at Pratt, and Birger Hjørland’s “Lifeboat for Knowledge Organization” – just to get a sense of what LIS students need to know!
  • David Weinberger, “Everything is Miscellaneous” [video] Google Tech Talks (May 10, 2007) [the first few minutes are a little rocky].

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Week 7: Oct. 8: Libraries: From Mesopotamia to Madison Avenue

FIELD TRIP: Morgan Library, 225 Madison Ave @ 36th Street, 4-5pm

MEETING: For our last half-hour of class, we’ll return to The New School and meet with the archivists from the Kellen Archives at 55 W 13th, Room 303.

READINGS           

The following will prepare us for our field trip:

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Week 8: Oct. 15: Idiosyncratic and Unorthodox Libraries

PRESENTATIONS: Ari + Farah

READINGS           

The Warburg Library

The Prelinger Library

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Radical Library/Archive Field Trip

Sunday, October 20, 2:30-6pm
Reanimation Library (543 Union Street, Brooklyn) +
Interference Archive (131 8th Street, Brooklyn)

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Week 9: Oct. 22: The Future Library

PRESENTATION: Marlee

IN-CLASS SCREENING: Holmes Films, The Librarian, 1947; Alain Resnais + Chris Marker, Toute la Mémoire du Monde, 1956

READINGS           

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Week 10: Oct. 29: New School Archives + Prep for Spring Semester

MEETING: Today we’ll meet in Kellen Archives (back left corner of the lobby @ 66 5th Ave) with archivists Wendy Scheir and Liza Harrell-Edge and Ed Scarcelle, University Librarian, to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the New School’s own libraries and archives, and to brainstorm collaborative projects we might take on in our Spring 2014 Digital Archives class.

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DATABASES

Week 11: Nov. 5: Tabula of Relationships, Orders of Things

PRESENTATIONS: Or + Angela + Ryan

READINGS           

  • Michel Foucault, Preface to The Order of Things: An Archaeology of the Human Sciences (New York: Vintage Books [1970]1994): xv-xxiv.
  • Muhammad Haadi, “The Evolution of DatabaseAll About Databases (October 18, 2010).

Paul Otlet

Vannevar Bush

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Week 12: Nov. 12: A Database Episteme

UPDATE, 11/5: Because we ran out of time in class on November 5, we’ll continue our discussion of Foucault, Otlet, and Bush in class on November 12. And we’ll supplement that historical discussion with a few contemporary case studies: Lev Manovich’s Cultural Analytics projects and Sherratt’s Australia Unlimited, both listed below. You’ll see below that I’ve pruned our reading list for this week: the Byfield, Zins, and Liu readings are optional, but I do hope we can still talk a bit about the form of data, and how it relates to “information” and “knowledge.”

READINGS           

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Week 13: Nov. 19: Database Aesthetics

PROJECT PROPOSALS: Everyone shares their final project ideas.

READINGS

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Nov. 26: NO CLASS: Thanksgiving

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Week 14: Dec. 3: Recap + FINAL PRESENTATIONS

Presenters: Ari, Or, Sam, Marlee

See presentation guidelines here.

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Week 15: Dec. 10: FINAL PRESENTATIONS

Presenters: Everybody else!

 

2 Responses

  1. BeanRH
    BeanRH November 15, 2013 at 12:52 am · Reply

    Hi Shannon,
    I don’t know if it’s just the computer I’m on at the lab or if it’s temporarily down, but the Crystal Sanchez and James Smith interview transcript link is broken. Google’s not turning up another source. Thanks!

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