SustainabilityWinona State University will host a panel discussion on the Sustainability of the Book at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 3, in the Darrell W. Krueger Library.

The discussion is being held in collaboration with The Bookshelf and will recognize the 547th anniversary of Gutenberg’s death.

The panel discussion will consider a number of questions regarding the future of the book, such as: Is the book more sustainable as an object or as a data file? Are texts more or less stable as they migrate to the Internet and into computer databases? Does digitization affect readability and how does it affect the financial model of publishing? And finally, what is the role of libraries during all this? As library budgets shrink, how will that affect print collections?

Panelists will include: Chris Livingston, The Bookshelf; Andrew Higl, WSU English Department; Tammi Owens, WSU Library; Allison Quam, WSU Library; Jill Krase, Ovenbird Bindery; and Adam Krings, WSU Bookstore. Moderator will be Jim Armstrong, WSU English Department.

This event is free and open to the public, sponsored by the WSU Darrell W. Krueger Library and the WSU Sustainable Futures Theme.

For more information, contact James Armstrong at


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