University Librarian to Host Symposium for SLS Alumni on September 23

NEW YORK, September 15, 2004 James Neal, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, will host a symposium for graduates of the School of Library Service (SLS) on Thursday, September 23, 2004, from 3:00 P.M. to 5:00 P.M. in the Tauber Conference Room, 523 Butler Library. The symposium will feature Robert Wedgeworth as the keynote speaker. Wedgeworth is the President and CEO of ProLiteracy Worldwide, and served as the Dean of the SLS at Columbia University from 1985 to 1992. Immediately following the symposium, a reception will be held in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

“The symposium will explore the history of libraries and librarianship at Columbia University, and consider the dramatic changes affecting the future of the field,” explained Neal. “It will give SLS graduates the opportunity to meet and talk with fellow alumni.”

The symposium will begin with a presentation by Wedgeworth, “The Columbia University School of Library Service—History, Achievements, and Alumni Contributions.” Stephen Davis, Director of the Columbia Libraries Digital Program, will lead the discussion: “Moving into the Future—Introduction to the Libraries’ New Digital Initiatives.” Jean Ashton, Director of the Rare Book and Manuscript Library, will conclude the symposium with “The Treasures of the Columbia Libraries—Reflecting on the History of the Libraries at the 250th Anniversary of the University.”

To register, or for additional information about the symposium, please call 212-854-4768 or e-mail

Columbia University Libraries is one of the top ten academic library systems in the nation, with 9.2 million volumes, over 65,650 serials, as well as extensive collections of electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, and other nonprint formats. The collections and services are organized into 25 libraries, supporting specific academic or professional disciplines. Columbia Libraries employs more than 400 professional and support staff to assist faculty, students, and researchers in their academic endeavors. The Libraries’ website at is a gateway to its print and electronic collections and to its services.

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