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Date Change: 'Global Libraries' Speaker, Now Dec. 11th

Professor Robert Wedgeworth, head and shoulders photo

Professor Robert Wedgeworth, Interim President of the Syracuse-based Laubach Literacy, will be the guest speaker at the Rutgers University Libraries Annual Diversity public program on Friday, December 11, 2000 at 12:00pm. Prof. Wedgeworth will address the topic: "Libraries, Literacy and Learning: A Global Perspective."

The program will be held in the Pane Room on the first floor of the Alexander Library, 169 College Avenue, New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Prof. Wedgeworth's organization, Laubach Literacy, is the world's oldest and largest literacy organization with 1,100 member programs throughout the United States and 67 partner programs in 36 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. Prof. Wedgeworth is also the Immediate Past-President of The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), where he served two terms: 1991-1995 and 1995-1997. IFLA is the leading international body representing the interests of library and information services and their users. It is the global voice of the library and information profession.

An educator, author and administrator, Prof. Wedgeworth has been at the forefront of leadership in Library and Information Studies for more than three decades. He served as Interim and University Librarian at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana (1992-1999); Dean of Columbia University School of Library and Information Science (1985-1992); and Executive Director of the American Library Association (1972-1985).

In a Lunchtime Seminar preceding the program, librarians will discuss their participation in international library organizations, including the National Institute of Informatics (NII), IFLA, ZIBF/INDABA, SCECSAL, and the International Council of Museums. A light lunch will be served in the Pane Room on the first floor of the Alexander Library of Rutgers University.

R.S.V.P. to the Reception Desk (732) 932-7505 by December 4, 2000

For further information, please contact Thelma Tate at

This event has been cosponsored by partners from within and outside the University, including the RUL Advisory Committee on Diversity and the RU Global Programs office.

Posted November 27, 2000