Reading / Place / Makerspace: The Future of the American Public Library

A panel discussion on the role of public libraries in 21st-century American lives

Starts:  2/24/2016  6:30 PM
Ends: 2/24/2016 8:30 PM
Location: Paresky Center, Third Floor, Main College Building, Simmons College, Boston, MA

SLIS is pleased to announce a public discussion among three experts in the LIS field: Wayne Wiegand, Amy Ryan and Jeffrey Schnapp. In a conversation moderated by SLIS professor Melanie Kimball, the three panelists will discuss the present and future role of American public libraries as physical space, information repository and beloved-yet-threatened community institution.

Without overstating their credentials, our three panelists are heavy hitters and big thinkers in the library world. SLIS is honored to host them together on the same stage. Please see just a few of their credentials on the RSVP page.

This event is open to the public; feel free to forward this invitation to your non-SLIS LIS colleagues and friends! 

We ask that everyone who plans to attend RSVP to ensure proper seating and refreshments.

This event is part of the program of Dr. Wayne Wiegand, SLIS 2016 Allen Smith Visiting Scholar. The Allen Smith Visiting Scholars Program, which honors the memory of distinguished teacher and scholar Allen Smith, was established in 2009 by his family. Allen Smith Visiting Scholars are expected to be distinguished practitioners, educators, or researchers renowned for their work in reference, oral history, or the study of librarianship and information service in the humanities.