As library and archives workers, we live in a world that’s informed and driven by data. In our work lives, we seek to collect the best possible information, create data that describes this information, and retrieve knowledge to benefit those who seek it.
Meanwhile, on a grander scale, we — along with our patrons — exist within a framework, defined by technologists, that produces and disseminates our personal data on a massive, unforeseen scale. Our private information, from our whereabouts to our purchases to the depth of our relationships, is chopped up and passed around in ways we can’t always see.
In his recent book Living in Data, Jer Thorp presents new ways to think about data. He makes a strong case for becoming active participants in the way our data is created and used, rather than passive inhabitants in data policies that are formed without our say.
In a moderated conversation with Davis Erin Anderson (METRO’s Assistant Director for Programs and Partnerships), Thorp will join us on Thursday, July 15 at 7pm for a talk about the central themes of his book. We’ll hear from him on how we as library and archives workers can lead the charge for a more humane approach to living during a time that’s increasingly informed by the data we often unwittingly create.