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The UT Knoxville School of Information Sciences (SIS) will host a forum with former SIS Director Ann Prentice on “The Public Library in the 21st Century,” noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, in the Scripps Convergence Lab, 402 Communications Building. A reception with refreshments will be held from 11:30 a.m. to noon.

The lecture will take a look at all aspects of the information revolution and provide insight into how libraries play a keystone role in this change.

Prentice is a professor emerita and former dean of the College of Information Studies at the University of Maryland. She became director of the University of Tennessee Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (now SIS) in 1978 and served as director until 1988.

Free and open to the public, the presentation also will be webcast.

In 2011, SIS will celebrate 40 years as an American Library Association-accredited program, and this lecture will be the first in a series that looks back to honor the school’s directors.

Several former SIS directors have been invited to lecture at future research forums. The list includes:

  • Gary Purcell, named director of the independent Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences (GSLIS) in 1971;
  • Jose Marie Griffiths, named GSLIS director in 1992;
  • Elizabeth Aversa, named SIS director in 1999; and
  • Edwin Cortez, SIS director since 2005.

C O N T A C T :

Joel Southern (865-974-6727, jsouthern@utk.edu)