INF 385T - Special Topics in Information Science: Technologies of the Book
Graduate standing. Additional prerequisites may vary with the topic.
Study of the properties and behavior of information. Technology for information processing and management.
Three lecture hours a week for one semester.
May be repeated for credit when the topics vary.
The book was the most important medium for the communication and preservation of written human culture for several millennia. This course will examine the technologies that enabled this remarkably persistent and flexible object and explore its impact on society. Technology will be understood in its broadest sense: attention will be paid not only to the technologies of production and manufacture, but also those that enabled the creation of texts by authors and their distribution and reception. Finally, the course will consider the future of the book in today's society, which is in the midst of an electronic revolution.
Technologies of the Book