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Scholarship and teaching in the humanities are undergoing a seismic shift, from a culture once based almost entirely on in-person and printed exchange to one reliant on a combination of traditional communications and digital technologies. It is a time of excitement for many and of skepticism for others.

What does it mean that for many the most used "libraries" have become "digital"? What are the implications for the development of knowledge at a time when vast amounts of data have not been made available in digital formats? Print for the People, a Mizzou Advantage networking group on digital humanities, is considering these questions.

We will host, "The Future of Archives in a Digital Age," on February 24–25, 2011, with keynote addresses by Robert Darnton, Director of the University Library at Harvard, and William Ferris, former chairman of the National Endowment for the Humanities. We hope you will join us at this symposium. Our networking group is comprised of University of Missouri faculty, students, and alumni working to identify competitive assets that set MU apart from other universities.

We aim to achieve this goal by initiating a major digital humanities project, "Gateway to the West," to further advance student and faculty expertise in the field of digital humanities and to create new scholarly and pedagogical opportunities on the MU campus, in the UM system, in the region, and beyond.