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January 16, 2004

Luminary Lectures @ Your Library Winter Schedule

The Library of Congress announces the winter schedule for the "Luminary Lectures @ Your Library" lecture series. All lectures are free and open to the public. No reservations are necessary. This speaker series is sponsored by the Public Service Collections Directorate of the Library of Congress.

The first lecture will feature Gary Price & Chris Sherman, who will present a lecture titled "Web Research: What's New in 2004" at the Library of Congress on Thursday, Jan. 29, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Dining Room on the sixth floor of the Library of Congress James Madison Building, First Street and Independence Avenue S.E., Washington, D.C. This lecture will be broadcast live via the Internet at www.loc.gov/rr/program/lectures/gpcs.html on the morning of the lecture, Eastern Standard Time (EST), and will be viewable with Real Player software.

Gary Price is a librarian, information research consultant and writer based in suburban Washington. Chris Sherman is president of Searchwise, a Boulder, Colo.-based Web consulting firm, and editor of SearchDay, a daily newsletter from SearchEngineWatch.com. He is a regular contributor to Information Today, Online, EContent and other information industry journals, and a regular presenter at information industry conferences and workshops.

In a fast-paced session, Sherman and Price will discuss the rapidly evolving landscape of Web search and its role for the online researcher. They will cover some of the changes that have roiled the industry over the past year such as the "Googlization" of search and some of the important trends and issues of concern to information professionals. Sherman and Price will offer numerous resources and tips for future use.

Other upcoming "Luminary Lectures @ Your Library" are "Stewardship in the Digital Age: Roles and Issues for Libraries for Preserving Our Cultural Heritage," presented by Meg Bellinger, associate university librarian of the Sterling Memorial Library, on Monday, Feb. 23, from 10:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Dining Room A, sixth floor of the Library’s Madison Building, and cybercast at www.loc.gov/rr/program/lectures/bellinger.html.

Bellinger has led major business development planning and implementation programs, including the OCLC (Online Computer Library Center) Digital Archive. She created a new division at OCLC and has led planning and implementation of digital archiving, development of digital content management tools, programmatic cooperative development, and digital production and preservation microfilming services. The presentation will explore the development and evolution of the digital repository and how digital preservation or archiving in the repository environment fundamentally differs from past preservation purposes and services.

On Tuesday, March 16, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dr. R. David Lankes, executive director of the Information Institute of Syracuse (IIS) and an Assistant Professor at Syracuse University’s School of Information Studies, will moderate a panel discussion titled "Library and Information Science Education in North America: Bridging the Gulf Between Education and Practice," This lecture will be available via cybercast only, at www.loc.gov/rr/program/lectures/lankes.html.

This panel discussion will explore current thinking in the Library and Information Science (LIS) academy and seek to highlight the sometime precarious balance of LIS education.

Lankes co-founded the award-winning AskERIC project in 1992, an Internet service for educators that offers resources and personal assistance for thousands of teachers a week. He also founded the Virtual Reference Desk project, a national network of expertise for education, and is one of the architects of GEM, a standards-based system for describing and finding educational materials on the Internet.

The "Luminary Lectures" series at the Library of Congress is a part of a national, public education initiative called "@ your Library -- the Campaign for America’s Libraries," which is sponsored by the American Library Association. The Library of Congress, along with libraries in all 50 states, is participating in this multiyear campaign designed to highlight public school, academic and special libraries nationwide and to remind the public that libraries are dynamic , modern community centers for learning, information and entertainment.

Check the "Luminary Lectures @ Your Library" Web site for more information about this lecture series at www.loc.gov/rr/program/lectures/.

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PR 04-009
01/16/04
ISSN 0731-3527

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