Documents that Changed the Way We Live looks at fifty stories, each of which describes a document, its creation and motivation, influence, importance, historical and social context, its provenance and how it got to where it is now (if still extant), and connections to contemporary information objects, technologies, and trends.
Joseph Janes is Associate Professor at the University of Washington Information School. A frequent speaker in the US and abroad, he is the author of several books, including Library 2020, and has written a monthly column for American Libraries magazine since 2002. He is the creator and host of Documents That Changed the World, a popular podcast series on the cultural impacts of historic documents. He holds the M.L.S. and Ph.D. from Syracuse University, and has taught at the University of Michigan, the University of Toronto, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the State University of New York at Albany as well as at Syracuse and Washington.