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Lecture: From Gutenberg to Google Books: The Evolution
of the Publisher’s Role ; Presented by Kempton B. Van Hoff

03/22/2013, LIU Post Campus Event Mar-22Library Reference Commons, 8:00 - 10:00 PM

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Publishers have played a pivotal role in the selection and dissemination of information since the late 15th Century. In more recent years, the advent of new technologies has created sweeping changes in the publishing industry from production to distribution, affecting the industry’s stability and social significance. These changes in publishing have also had profound effects upon publishers’ roles as the selectors and disseminators of information. Since it is now possible for anyone with access to technology to publish, we are left with the question: “what, exactly, does it mean to be a publisher in the 21st Century?” This lecture presents a publisher and researcher’s perspective on the present state and evolution of the publisher’s role in an ever-quickening world of technological development.

Programs are free and open to the public. Programs begin at 8 p.m. in the Library Lobby. No reservations required.

Social hour and dinner before programs begin at 6 p.m. in the Hutchins Gallery. Reservations are required. $42.

For more information, contact Post Library Association Derek Stadler at (516) 299-2892 or email

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