I’m the Vice Provost for Information Collaboration, Dean of the Library, and Professor of History at Northeastern University. (more about me)


AI Comes for Music” — As the record labels sue AI companies for generating derivative songs, let us ask: What makes a song original and human anyway? June 27, 2024.

Books are Big AI’s Achilles Heel” — AI companies may have the money and the data centers, but they are badly in need of what humble libraries have in abundance. (Co-authored with Dave Hansen of Authors Alliance). May 13, 2024.

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Of Note

The Books of College Libraries Are Turning Into Wallpaper,” The Atlantic. University libraries around the world are seeing precipitous declines in the use of the books on their shelves. Why is this happening and what does it mean for the future of libraries? May 26, 2019

The Narrow Passage of Gortahig” — On the rugged western coast of Ireland, a critical road is a bit too narrow, and the locals like it that way. August 26, 2018