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Annual Ted Samore Lecture: Libraries for Life - Creating the Community Living Room

Carol Collier Kuhlthau
Professor Emerita
Department of Library and Information Science
Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey

Saturday May 3, 2014
1:00 - 3:00pm

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Milwaukee Athletic Club
758 N Broadway
Milwaukee, WI 53202
*Refreshments will be served.


How do libraries contribute to the health of a community and to each member of the community? Our handheld electronic devices provide access to information wherever we are whenever we want it. These devices keep us posted on current happenings and news alerts and open up a choice of ereads at our fingertips. With these devices in our pockets why do we need libraries in our communities? What is the value that the library adds to the life of a community and to the people living in a community?

Professor Kuhlthau will explain how libraries make their communities healthier by creating a community living space on a university campus, in an elementary or secondary school, for a corporate or medical, legal group, or in a neighborhood or town. Libraries for life enable people to be wiser, more creative and productive, and perhaps even happier. Carol Kuhlthau will present an inquiry framework for designing the community living room that is based in her extensive research on thoughts, actions and feelings in the process of seeking meaning from a variety of sources of information described in her Model of the Information Search Process. The library as a community living room provides opportunities to go beyond instantaneous fact finding to deep understanding and meaningful reflection that leads to creative action.