Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Free for All: Inside the Public Library

"Free for All: Inside the Public Library" is a multi-platform documentary project that intends to brings together library stories from all across America. I became aware of the project three years ago when filmmakers Dawn Logsdon and Lucie Faulknor attended Library History Seminar XII at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and interviewed a number of the seminar participants including me. My interview along with my wife Kathy was filmed by Dawn and Lucie in the basement of our home (much to the horror of my wife) where most of my library memorabilia is housed. Since then the project has made great progress and there will be a program on that progress at the American Library Association Conference in Chicago on Saturday, June 29th, 10:30am-Noon in Room S503a of the McCormick Place Convention Center. More about the project can be found on the project's website. More about the ALA Conference program can be found HERE. You can also follow the project on Facebook. An added attraction at the conference program on June 29th will be a presentation by noted library historian Wayne Wiegand on his forthcoming book tentatively titled "A Part of Or Lives: A People's History of the American Public Library".

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