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University Libraries/LIS Lecture Series

Spring 2013 Speaker: Char Booth

Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library

"Quixotic Ferocity: Confronting the Library Crisis Narrative"

Thursday, March 7, 1:30-3:00 pm
School of Education Building Room 120

In this talk, Char Booth takes on the ever-present "Libraries in Crisis" narrative. As she describes in a recent blog post, "Quixotic ferocity (i.e., idealistic determination, visionary stubbornness) is the impulse that has long motivated the unarguably daunting work of organizing/preserving cultural memory and facilitating its access, which is as given to change, deprioritization, and disaster as any greater good. It is also the quality that we most need to cultivate among those who are entering the field."

Char Booth is the Instruction Services Manager & E-Learning Librarian at the Claremont Colleges Library and also serves as an ACRL Immersion faculty member. In her work she explores the integration of education, technology, and design in library services. Prior to her work at Claremont, she served as the E-Learning Librarian at the University of California, Berkeley. She began her career in librarianship as the Reference & Instruction Librarian and Communications Bibliographer at Ohio University Libraries. She holds a Masters of Education in Computer Education & Technology degree from Ohio University, a Masters of Science in Information Studies degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a B.A. in History from Reed College.

About The University Libraries/LIS Lecture Series

The purpose of the University Libraries/LIS Lecture Series, inaugurated in 2005, is to bring lectures or seminars on topics that encourage dialogue about the issues, trends, and developments in librarianship and higher education to an audience of librarians, library staff and information studies students at UNC Greensboro. Topics are related to the Librarian and Information Science profession or the Libraries' services and collections. The events are jointly funded by LIS and University Libraries.

A planning committee including representatives from the University Libraries and the Library and Information Studies Department plans these events. Kimberly Lutz is the current chairperson of the committee. Our thanks to Dean of University Libraries Rosann Bazirjian for initiating the formation of the committee.