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August 25, 2008

Week Away in San Francisco

For the rest of this week, Arvid and I will be on the West Coast at the annual Society of American Archivists conference, so we will likely not be able to respond to your questions until next week.

Remember, after Labor Day, Andersen Library will be open from 9-1 on Saturdays, with limited access for researchers.

August 22, 2008

Cortada Talk

If you are in the Champaign-Urbana (or is it Urbana-Champaign?) area, you might be interested in the following talk by Jim Cortada, whose papers we have here at CBI and who has been instrumental in the development of the Institute.

James Cortada: “How Demand-Side Computing Shaped the History of Digitization�

Monday, September 8, 2008

4:00-5:30 pm

LISB 126

Lecture Abstract: Normally the history of computing is told from the perspective of the engineers, firms, and the industries that invented, manufactured, and sold computers. It is also told largely as a US centric story. However, we are increasingly realizing that users were not passive players in this process; rather they used computers when it made sense to them and worked with vendors to develop what they needed. They also developed patterns of adoption that spread around the world. This talk will discuss how whole industries embraced computing and, in the process, changed how they performed their daily work.

Speaker Biography: Dr. James W. Cortada received his Ph.D. in Modern European History from Florida State University, and is the author of two dozen books on the history and management of information technology. His most recent project has been the 3-volume The Digital Hand, which surveys the use of computing in 36 industries over the past six decades. He leads research teams at the IBM Institute for Business Value that monitor use of computing around the world.

August 20, 2008

SIGPLAN Notices Available

I am pleased to report that a large chunk of ACM's SIGPLAN Notices publication is now cataloged and available for research here at CBI. SIGPLAN Notices is the monthly publication of ACM's special interest group on programming languages. It should complement well the ACM Records that we'll be receiving and processing this fall.

We have some other ACM publications going through cataloging right now, and I will keep you updated on their further availability.

August 19, 2008

RENCI Lecture - Women ENIAC Programmers

Pioneering female computer scientists to be topic of next RENCI Distinguished Lecture

This talk at Duke University on September 25 will be about the women ENIAC programmers, including Betty Holberton, whose papers we have here at CBI. I look forward to hearing about it - please leave a comment if you attend!

August 8, 2008

Olympics Exhibit

Slight deviation from the history of computing, but I just wanted to recommend to all of you in the Cities the new Andersen Library exhibit. It's entitled Reaching for Gold: The YMCA and the Olympic Movement in China from 1895 to 1920, put on by the Kautz Family YMCA Archives. They've also got a live feed from the Beijing Olympics, so stop on by.