Director Of George W. Bush Library To Speak On Campus

Apr 12, 2012

LEXINGTON, Ky. - University of Kentucky alumnus and director of the George W. Bush Presidential Library Alan Lowe is on campus this week. The Paris, Ky. native is sharing his experience archiving the massive amounts of information generated by past administrations.

In the past, presidential library organizers dealt with hundreds of thousands of papers – memos, notes, and journals. Add to that a mountain of electronic data and you’ve got an idea what current archivists are asked to sort through.

"At the Bush Library we have about 70 million pages of paper, about 80 terabytes of electronic information,"  says Alan Lowe, director of the George W. Bush President Library.

Compare that to only four terabytes of data produced during the Clinton administration and it’s clear how the face of presidential libraries is changing. Lowe says the Bush Library is slated to open officially in 2013 and will cater to researchers as well as the general public.

"We'll have something called the decision points theater, where you can go in and act like the president for a few minutes. You have to make decisions like the president," he says. 

Lowe will serve as guest speaker at the UK Libraries Annual Dinner on Friday at 7 PM in the Hilary J. Boone Center. The event is open to the public.  

[Note: Hear the story as well as the complete interview above.]