People sometimes announce that we have entered 'the information age' as if information did not exist in other times. I think that every age was an age of information, each in its own way and according to the available media.
The fact that I spend a lot of time in the 18th century doesn't mean I'm not concerned with the 21st.
People think that when you use Google you're finding exactly what you need, but really, you need expert help.
I believe we should celebrate new possibilities of combining the printed codex with electronic technology... The information ecology is getting richer, not thinner.
We need librarians who can handle this tremendous jumble of information that is in cyberspace.
I arrived from Harvard, where I had studied philosophy and the history of ideas, with a bias toward literature and formal thought.
Texts are always in flux.
The notion of 'history from below' hit the history profession in England very hard around the time I came to Oxford in the early 1960s.
Digital data are more fragile than printed material.
I worked for a brief spell as a journalist, but soon I discovered that I didn't want to be a journalist - I wanted to be a historian.
The American revolutionaries believed in the power of the word. But they had only word of mouth and the printing press. We have the Internet.
As president of the American Historical Association, I started a programme to make dissertations into e-books in 1999. Before I knew it, I was involved in other electronic projects. Harvard invited me to become director of the libraries in 2007.
It simply is not true that everything is now on the Internet, but it is true that the digital resources available through the Internet have enormous potential for education and even for self-empowerment of individuals.
It's important to make clear to all the schools at Harvard the central role of the library.
As a graduate student at Oxford in 1963, I began writing about books in revolutionary France, helping to found the discipline of book history. I was in my academic corner writing about Enlightenment ideals when the Internet exploded the world of academic communication in the 1990s.
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