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Aligning Academic Libraries with Real User Needs

Date: September 26, 2008 PDT

Susan Gibbons, Vice Provost and Dean of the River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester, NY, will present the 2008 Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture, “Aligning Academic Libraries with Real User Needs” on Friday, September 26, at 3:00 pm in the Gordon H. Smith Hall in Albany Quadrangle.
Ms. Gibbons’ innovative work with anthropologist Nancy Fried Foster to study the research behavior of undergraduates has gained attention from libraries around the world. Their findings have been presented in the co-edited book, Studying Students: The Undergraduate Research Project at the University of Rochester (ALA, 2007) and covered by the Chronicle of Higher Education. Ms. Gibbons will speak about her experiences with this anthropological research project and the illumination and guidance it has provided in developing library services in the new century.
About the lecture:
The Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service was established in 1999 to commemorate the contributions and legacies of a respected friend, colleague, and champion of service.
Johannah Sherrer was the Director of the Aubrey R. Watzek Library at Lewis & Clark College from July 1993-September 1998.  Known for her warm smile, her boundless energy, vitality, and drive, her compassion and friendliness to all creatures great and small, and her devotion to service in all its connotations, Johannah Sherrer was a friend, a colleague, a mentor, and a champion of libraries.

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