Library Historian Speaks at NMU

Wayne Wiegand, nationally recognized library historian, will give two free public presentations during his visit to Marquette. He will be discussing his two new books, “Right Here I See My Own Books”: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition and Its Effect on Libraries Across the Country (co-authored by Sarah Wadsworth) and Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading Spaces in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956.

On Monday, April 2nd, at 7 p.m. in the Mead Auditorium, West Science Bldg, he will speak on “Right Here I See My Own Books: The Woman’s Building Library at the World’s Columbian Exposition and Its Effect on Libraries Across the Country.”

On Tuesday, April 3rd, at 7 p.m. in the Peter White Library Community Room, he will present “Main Street Public Library: Community Places and Reading Spaces in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956.”

 More information on the background of these books can be found in two recent articles from American LibrariesLibrary History and Women’s History: An Ongoing Convergence by Sarah M. Pritchard and Women in the White City: Lessons from the Woman’s Building Library at the Chicago World’s Fair By Susan E. Searing.

Dr. Wiegand is Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. Previously, he served as a library and information science faculty member at the University of Kentucky and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he founded the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America. His influence on the practice of librarianship, both as a scholar and as an educator, has been profound, especially in encouraging others to look to cultural theory to explain the position of the library and the librarian in American culture, and has used other fields to explore the importance of the library in the life of the user.

The event is being sponsored by the American Association of University Women, Lydia M. Olson Library, NMU Sociology & Social Work Department, NMU History Department, NMU Committee on Women, and the Peter White Library.

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