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TWU, Denton Public Library Team Up For Lecture, Festival

11/6/02


DENTON — The Texas Woman's University School of Library and Information Studies will present the 16th annual Lillian Bradshaw Lecture at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, in the Woman's Club Building, 610 Oakland St. The building is located one block south of TWU's Denton campus and one-half block north of the Emily Fowler Public Library.

The lecture will be followed by the presentation of the second annual Godfrey Award for Library Service to Families. The events will be held in conjunction with the Denton Public Library System's annual Literature Festival, which begins at 9 a.m. and continues until 1 p.m.

All events are free and open to the public.

Elaine Meyers, manager for children and teen services at the Burton Barr Central Library in Phoenix, Ariz., will be the featured speaker for the Bradshaw Lecture. Meyers' presentation, titled “Building with Three Pillars — or, Lessons from a Two-legged Stool,” is a look at the three pillars of library service, a concept conceived by Virginia Walter, associate professor of the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at the University of California at Los Angeles.

Using the pillars — the user as a reader, information seeker and community member — as a means to analyze current practice, reveal best practice and prepare for future service demands, Meyers suggests the community “pillar” is the leg most often forgotten, resulting in instability of service.

Meyers previously served as project director for Public Libraries as Partners in Youth Development and as coordinator of children's and young adult services at the Phoenix Public Library. She has been active as a leader and program presenter in state and national organizations including the Public Library Association and the American Library Association. Meyers currently serves as co-chair of the Public Library Association/Association for Library Services to Children Preschool Literacy Initiative.

Immediately following the lecture, Richard Waters of PROVIDENCE Associates, Inc., Library Consultants and Planners will present the 2002 Godfrey Award to the Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, Md. The award, which includes $2,500 and a small sculpture for public display, honors a public library for outstanding programming for young children and families. The Enoch Pratt Free Library's “Mother Goose on the Loose” program was recognized as a strong contributor to a comprehensive set of library goals relating to children's services.

The award is administered by the Center for Consulting in the School of Library and Information Studies at TWU.

For more information on the Bradshaw Lecture or the Godfrey Award, contact the TWU School of Library and Information Studies at (940) 898-2602.

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For Further Information Contact:

Karen Treat
Senior Copywriter
Tel: (940) 898-3456
e-mail: ktreat@twu.edu