Librarian of Congress James Billington to speak at Wake Forest convocation
October 29, 2007
James H. Billington, the librarian of Congress who has led the effort to create the World Digital Library, will speak on “The Future of Freedom” at Wake Forest University’s Fall Convocation at 11 a.m. Oct. 30 in Wait Chapel. The event is free and open to the public.
During Fall Convocation, the university also will present awards to faculty and alumni.
The Library of Congress has teamed up with UNESCO and libraries from around the world on the project. Billington led the Library of Congress, the world’s largest library, as it launched other major Internet-related initiatives, including the library’s "American Memory” National Digital Library (NDL), which makes freely available on-line nearly 11 million American historical items from the collections of the library and other research institutions. The World Digital Library is modeled on the “American Memory project.
Formerly a history professor at Princeton and Harvard universities, Billington also once served as director of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. He is the author of several books, including “The Face of Russia,” a companion book to the three-part television series of the same name.