101st Birthday Celebration

Special Event | September 27 | 2-4 p.m. | 202 South Hall

 Information, School of

In 1918 UC Berkeley began a full-time program in library science. Head of School, Professor John Chuang, invites you to celebrate the 101st birthday and history of the School of Information, School of Information Management and Systems, School of Library and Information Studies, and School of Librarianship.

Professor Emeritus Michael Buckland will discuss the social and political mission early in the Library Schoolâs history and Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock will talk about his work with data and economically marginalized populations.

Birthday cake and sparkling beverages to follow

Preceded by optional no-host luncheon at the UC Berkeley Faculty Club at noon.

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The Schoolâs Social Mission: The Early Days
Professor Emeritus Michael Buckland

The School originated in 1918 to mitigate an acute shortage of qualified librarians in California. But this mission was founded on a strong social agenda to achieve economic efficiency, to foster social harmony, to promote individual personal development, to protect civil liberties, and to promote liberal democracy. Professor Buckland will review this social agenda with special attention to the role of public libraries, the rise of authoritarian political ideologies in the 1930s, the development of bibliography, and the interpretation of that social agenda in todayâs circumstances.

Using âBig Dataâ to Fight Poverty
Assistant Professor Joshua Blumenstock

In wealthy nations, big data and artificial intelligence are creating exciting opportunities for commercial profit and academic research. In developing economies, however, data is much scarcer, and it remains unclear if and how the worldâs poor will benefit from the âdata revolution.â This talk will discuss ongoing work that leverages innovations in machine learning to tackle problems affecting poor and marginalized populations. Professor Blumenstock will also highlight some challenges and pitfalls to be wary of in this line of research.