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photo of Molly RaphaelMarch 2012—Marquette University Libraries presents a visit by Molly Raphael, president of the American Library Association. Raphael's talk is open to all members of the Marquette community and the Wisconsin library community.

"Libraries Thriving in the 21st Century"

March 21 (Wednesday), 2012

9:30 a.m.: Coffee, tea, pastries

10:00 a.m.: Presentation

Conference Center, Beaumier Suites B/C


Libraries of all types must change rapidly in order to survive. As a result of the current economic conditions, we are witnessing even greater threats to our futures than we have ever experienced before. How can we position our libraries not just to survive but to thrive as we serve our diverse communities? What difficult choices will we have to make in the next few years to ensure that our value remains high for those we serve? Where and how can we find opportunities to move our libraries to a place where they are seen as both essential for learning and essential for life?

Raphael is former director of libraries at Multnomah County Library in Portland, Oregon and the District of Columbia Public Library in Washington, D.C. She began her term as 2011-2012 president of the American Library Association in June 2011. She holds an undergraduate degree from Oberlin College (Ohio) and a Master's Degree in Library Science from Simmons College (Mass.). Her appearance at Marquette is sponsored by Marquette University Libraries and the American Library Association. Questions about the event should be addressed to Associate Dean of Libraries Jean Zanoni.

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