February 12, 2001 Wayne A. Wiegand to Present Library History Lecture at the Library of Congress on March 8
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Distinguished historian and library educator Wayne A. Wiegand will present a talk, "Main Street Public Library: Book Availability in the Upper Midwest, 1890-1970," at 3:30 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in the Northwest Pavilion (LJ119), first floor, Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 First Street S.E. The program is sponsored by the Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies, the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress, and the Library's Office of Scholarly Programs.
One of America's leading library historians, Mr. Wiegand is a professor in the University of Wisconsin-Madison's School of Library and Information Studies and co-director of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America, a joint program of the University of Wisconsin and the State Historical Society of Wisconsin. His most recent book is the well- received Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey (American Library Association, 1996).
The Washington Area Group for Print Culture Studies provides a regular, monthly forum for those interested in book history and print culture studies. It usually meets at the Library of Congress on the first Thursday of each month.
The Center for the Book stimulates public interest in books, reading, and libraries and book and library history. For information about its program, consult its Web site: www.loc.gov/cfbook. The Office of Scholarly Programs seeks to stimulate scholarly exchange among researchers and staff and to facilitate communication about research across national and disciplinary boundaries.