3:30 pm - 6:00 pm (EDT)


  • Gund Hall
  • 48 Quincy Street
  • Cambridge
  • MA

Cold Storage (2015, 20mins.), a documentary short directed by Cristoforo Magliozzi and produced and written by Jeffrey Schnapp, Matthew Battles, and the metaLAB team, portrays the dislocated heart of Harvard University’s library system and one of the largest book depositories in the world. Organized by Daniel Rauchwerger MDes ’15 and Noam Dvir MAUD ’14 in conjunction with their exhibition Icons of Knowledge (opening January 28 in Loeb Library), the screening will be the film’s on-campus premiere. A film that inspired it will be screened as well—Alain Resnais’s Toute la mémoire du monde (1956, 22 mins.).

Following the screenings, Jeffrey Schnapp (professor of romance languages and literature and director of metaLAB) will lead a roundtable in discussion in Loeb Library on the ways space makes place, delving into the ways changing spaces reflect new library culture and how user perceptions of libraries are transformed by changes in the physical spaces.

Joining the discussion are:

  • Matthew Battles, Associate Director of metaLAB
  • Noam Dvir, Harvard GSD
  • Haden Guest, Director of the Harvard Film Archieve
  • Eric Howeler, Assistant Professor of Architecture at the GSD
  • Cristoforo Magliozzi, Principal and Project Coordinator at metaLAB
  • Daniel Rauchwerger, Harvard GSD
  • Sarah Thomas, Vice President for Harvard Library

Harvard Library Strategic Conversations are designed to inform the strategic direction of the Library and foster a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration among staff, faculty and others in the Library community. It aims to engage the Library Board and Faculty Advisory Council with issues that are facing libraries in general and the Harvard Library in particular in the emerging digital age. Harvard Library Strategic Conversations are funded through the generosity of The Bradley M. and Terrie F. Bloom Family Fund.

Free and open to the public.

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