The School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill was delighted to welcome a special keynote speaker for the school's 2012 spring commencement. Dr. Cathy Davidson, Ruth E. DeVarney professor of English at Duke University and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institue professor of Interdisciplinary Studies presented "Connection in the Age of Information" to an audience of more than 600 on Sunday, May 13, 2012. She discussed the previous three information ages and the current fourth information age that produces a great amount of information each day.
"How much information? 294 billion e-mails, 2 million blog posts and 864,000 hours of YouTube video churned out each and every day," said Davidson. "We need you, Information Scientists! No one ever dreamt the World Wide Web would connect us like this, each to the other, massively and globally, in such a short time in so many ways--personal, economic, intellectual, social and political."
Dr. Davidson has graciously provided her speech in its entirety. For those who were unable to attend the ceremony, see her captivating and interesting speaking remarks here.
Top left photo of Cathy Davidson is by Chris Hildreth, Duke Photography. Photo to the right of Dr. Gary Marchionini, SILS dean and Cary C. Boshamer Distinguished Professor, presenting "The First State University" by SILS alumnus, William S. Powell, to Dr. Davidson, by Wanda Monroe.