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The Art and Science of Reading Digital

September 21, 2012 | Vancouver, BC

The Art and Science of Reading Digital is a one-day symposium at the University of British Columbia featuring keynote speaker Dr. Richard Kopak, the Ischool, UBC. 

With the advent of high quality and widely available mobile reading devices, the dominance of print as the preferred medium for reading is giving way to the digital—fundamentally changing the reading experience.

This symposium will bring together researchers and students from a range of disciplines to discuss the phenomenon of reading digital from diverse social, cultural, physical, intellectual, material, and technological perspectives.

The symposium will be held in conjunction with the exhibition “Scrolling through Time: The Evolution of Reading Devices” at UBC Library’s Rare Book and Special Collections.

The Art and Science of Reading Digital is sponsored by the Digital Information Interaction Group (DiiG) at the iSchool at the University of British Columbia with support from a UBC Hampton Fund grant. The student paper competition is sponsored by DiiG and the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence.

Event Date: Friday, September 21, 10am-5pm
Event Location: Lillooet Room, Irving K. Barber Learning Centre, 1961 East Mall, UBC 

For more information and to secure your spot at the symposium, visit


i. Faculty from UBC and the surrounding region who are interesting in giving a brief talk at the Symposium are invited to submit abstracts of up to 500 words in length, outlining their approach to the topic and related research interests. Please send abstracts and inquiries to Luanne by July 31, 2012.

ii. Students are invited to submit relevant, original papers of up to 6,000 words, written as course assignments or through independent research. These papers will be reviewed by the program committee and three papers will be selected for presentation at the symposium. A best student paper award will be sponsored by the SLAIS Digital Information Interaction Group and the GRAND Network of Centres of Excellence. Student papers should be submitted by email to by July 31, 2012.


Conference Poster (PDF)