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Release: Nov. 5, 2001

Information technology scholar reflects on future of the book in digital age

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The University of Iowa Libraries will host Clifford A. Lynch, director of the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) and an information technology authority, for a free, public lecture, "The Future of the Book in a Digital Age." The lecture begins at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 14 in the Shambaugh Auditorium, Main Library. Following the lecture, a reception will be held in the North Lobby of the Main Library, as part of the Libraries' biennial Ada M. Stoflet Lectureship series.

Lynch has published widely on a variety of issues ranging from building digital libraries and developing the infrastructure for resource sharing to questions of intellectual freedom, information literacy, and electronic publishing.

"I don't think we're going to get rid of print; we're going to see print supplemented with a tremendous number of other options," Lynch said in a 1998 presentation at the Online Computer Library Center organization.

What these options are, and how they will compliment and complicate the traditional role of the book will be reflected in the lecture.

Lynch has been director of the CNI directory since 1997, supporting the goals of its 200 member organizations, which are concerned with the use of information technology and networked information to enhance scholarship and intellectual productivity.

Prior to this, Lynch spent 18 years at the University of California, including 10 years as director of library automation. He holds a doctorate in computer science from the UC-Berkeley and is an adjunct professor at Berkeley's School of Information Management and Systems. He is a past president of the American Society for Information Science and the National Information Standards Organization; he currently serves on the Internet 2 Applications Council; and he was a member of the National Research Council committee that recently published, "The Digital Dilemma: Intellectual Property in the Information Infrastructure." He now serves on the NRC committee on Last-Mile Broadband Technology.

The lecture program is sponsored by the UI Libraries through the Ada M. Stoflet Lectureship. Dr. Arthur Benton, professor emeritus at the UI Hospitals and Clinics' department of neurology, established the biennial lectureship in memory of Ada M. Stoflet, a highly regarded UI librarian from 1949 until her death in 1976.

Although the program is free, reservations are encouraged by phone (319) 335-5871 or e-mail Additional information about the program and on-line reservations is available at the following web site: