Archive for April, 2009

Speaking of Books… The Author Talk in the Academic Library

Thursday, April 30th, 2009

About Timothy Hackman

Librarian for English & Linguistics, University of Maryland Libraries. Member of LES since 2006.

I just had an article published in the Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarinship (E-JASL) on a faculty author series that has been in operation at my library since 2005. Started by the humanities librarians to provide a forum for research by Arts & Humanities faculty members, the series, Speaking of Books… Conversations with Campus Authors, has grown to include speakers from many different departments. Most importantly, it’s provided an opportunity to promote the library as a place of learning, not just a warehouse for books and computers.

I don’t want to rehash the details since you can read them in the article, but I was interested to know if others have done similar events/series at their libraries. If so, what was your experience? Did you have difficulty finding faculty participants or attracting audiences? Did you need to convince your administration to sponsor such events? If so, how did you do it? What has been the response from your faculty and from the campus?