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The Library Challenge

For our final class of the semester, George Mason’s History Librarian, Dr. George Oberle, came to present on the topic of libraries and enclosure. As a former employee of Fenwick Library with a continuing interest in the world of academic libraries, I found this especially interesting. After providing some background on the history of scholarly presses and the growing commercialization…

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Free Culture Response

Lawrence Lessig’s Free Culture makes the case that the expansion of copyright power in the last several decades is hindering creativity and scientific advances. Lessig argues that while copyright law began as an attempt to incentivize creativity by protecting creators’ rights to their work, “The law’s role is less and less to support creativity, and more and more to protect…

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“Confronting the Digital” Response

One of the questions we keep returning to throughout the course is whether digital history has actually changed the questions, problems, and opportunities facing historians or whether these are simply the same issues masquerading as novel ones. In “Confronting the Digital,” Tim Hitchcock makes the case for significant change. According to Hitchcock, historians have not responded effectively to the fact…

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“Interchange: The Promise of Digital History” Response

“Interchange: The Promise of Digital History” is a discussion among historians that took place online in winter of 2008 and was printed in the Journal of American History. In the grand scheme of things, 2008 was not that long ago, but in the context of digital history, much has changed. This “Interchange” was most interesting to me as a way…

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