Thinking Differently About Libraries: Part of Our Lives as a Test Case

Welcome Reception and Opening Lecture for Visiting Scholar Wayne Wiegand

Starts:  2/22/2016  4:30 PM
Ends: 2/22/2016 6:30 PM
Location: Special Functions Room, first floor, Main College Building, Simmons College, Boston, MA

Dr. Wiegand will deliver his lecture from 5 pm - 6 pm. those of you who cannot attend the full lecture may come before and/or after to greet him. This event may be open to the public based on available space, so we are encouraging both the SLIS and non-SLIS community to please RSVP. Refreshments will be served.

Research for Wiegand's lastest book, Part of Our Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library shows people have loved these ubiquitous civic institutions or three reasons:  for (1) access to practical information; (2) the spaces public libraries make available; and (3) the transformative potential of commonplace stories they provide.   Over the generations librarianship has largely concentrated on the first.  This presentation focuses attention on the latter two to argue in librarianship they have been overlooked and undervalued for their contributions to the daily lives of public library users. It will be an excellent introductory precursor to our panel discussion on Wednesday, February 24.

Dr. Wiegand will also be hosting office hours and is available to meet with students one-on-one from February 22 - February 26. He has let us know that students may email him to set up meeting times:

​Often referred to as the "Dean of American library historians," Wiegand's prolific research and publication has focused on many areas of public libraries. His work has direct implications for the present and future of all fields of library studies: diversity, innovation, advocacy, collection development, etc. He looks forward to sharing his lifetime of work in this field with you.

Part of Our Lives is physically and digitally available from Beatley Library. It joins 5 other works in the Beatley collection by Wayne and/or his wife Shirley.