Burning the Books
Richard Ovenden in conversation with Jane Burns
The sixth in a series of online ‘conference’ sessions, presented by the Library Association of Ireland (LAI) Public Libraries’ Section, Jane Burns talks to Richard Ovenden, author of Burning the Books and director of The Bodlean Library.
In his book Burning The Books, Richard Ovenden tells the story of the global history of the willful destruction, and surprising survival, of recorded knowledge over the past three millennia. In this online conference session he talks to Jane Burns about his book and the social and political importance of the conservation and protection of knowledge.
Richard Ovenden, OBE, has been Bodley’s Librarian (the senior Executive position of the Bodleian Libraries, University of Oxford) since 2014. He’s a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries and of Royal Society of Arts; Treasurer of the Consortium of European Research Libraries; President of the Digital Preservation Coalition.
Jane Burns, MBA, MLIS, MPhil, FLAI, has recently been appointed Director of the Regional University Network (RUN-EU) at Athlone institute of Technology. Since joining AIT in 2018 Jane has previously held two senior management posts, Institute Librarian (2018- 2019), Director of Quality/Assistant Registrar (2019-2020). Prior to these roles Jane has been a Library & Information Professional for nearly 30 years working range of environments and sectors. She is a published author and presents regularly at conferences nationally and internationally. She is an experienced university lecturer and CPD facilitator. Jane holds Fellowship Membership with the Library Association of Ireland where she is a member of the Executive Council since 2013.
Presented by the LAI Pubic Libraries’ Section, with thanks to International Education Services who are sponsoring this talk.