[Libs-Or] 10/19 Sherrer Lecture at Lewis & Clark

Elaine Hirsch elaineghirsch at lclark.edu
Fri Oct 5 14:19:09 PDT 2018

Dear Colleagues,

Please join us at Lewis & Clark College on Friday, October 19 for the 2018
Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service.  This year we welcome
Dr. Shannon Mattern, Professor of Media Studies at The New School.

*Local Codes:  Forms of Spatial Knowledge*

How might a city come to know itself through its mediated representations
-- through maps and models, data sets and network diagrams? How might
communities join forces with public institutions to generate, steward,
circulate, and activate those resources? And how might these collaborations
help not only to generate protocols for the critical, responsible use of
spatial data, but also to shape the design, maintenance, and administration
of the spaces they represent and the values those spatial practices embody?
In this talk, I'll address these questions though four case studies: (1)
the Civic Switchboard project, which aims to connect libraries and
community information networks into "civic data ecosystems"; (2) the Office
for Creative Research's traveling Maps Rooms, which provide community
spaces for collaborative experimental mapping; (3) the San Francisco Public
Library and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's joint-Public Knowledge
Project, which examines the media through which a rapidly evolving city can
come to understand, and potentially redirect, its transformation; and (4)
Peta Bencana, an open-source, community-led platform featuring data about
floods and water infrastructure in Jakarta.

Shannon Mattern is a Professor of Media Studies at The New School. Her
writing and teaching focus on archives, libraries, and other media spaces;
media infrastructures; spatial epistemologies; and mediated sensation and
exhibition. She is the author of *The New Downtown Library: Designing with
Communities*; *Deep Mapping the Media City*; and *Code and Clay, Data and
Dirt*, all published by University of Minnesota Press. She contributes a
regular long-form column about urban data and mediated infrastructures to
*Places*, a journal focusing on architecture, urbanism, and landscape, and
she collaborates on public design and interactive projects and exhibitions.
You can find her at wordsinspace.net.

The lecture will be held at 3pm at Diane Gregg Pavilion.  A reception will
follow the event.

For further information, please see:  http://library.lclark.edu/events/
sherrer-lecture <http://library.lclark.edu/events/sherrer-lecture>

For maps and directions to Lewis & Clark, please see:

Elaine Hirsch
Associate Director
Watzek Library
Lewis & Clark
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