National Library Week is underway at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. Hosted by the John Brown Watson Memorial Library, a variety of events are planned that address the American Library Association (ALA) theme, “Libraries Transform.” All events are free and open to the public and appeal to all ages.
Kick-off activities begin Monday, April 11 at 11:00 a.m. where UAPB Chancellor Dr. Laurence B. Alexander will issue a proclamation to begin the celebration of National Library Week at the main library in Howard-Sykes Auditorium. The event will be followed by a keynote presentation by Kelvin Watson, the Chief Innovation and Technology Officer at the Queens Library, Jamaica, New York.
Watson leads the development and implementation of system-wide library information technology and content for the e-user experience, e-programs, and special services across the organization and library field to create new models of content delivery.
Prior to joining the Queens library, Watson was Branch Head for Acquisitions and Collection Development at the National Agricultural Library (NAL). He additionally coordinated efforts within the organizational units of NAL, Government agencies, and land-grant institutions.
Prior to joining the Queens Library, Watson served as the Director of Business Development for The Library Corporation, and served in leadership positions in sales and marketing with the Borders Group, Inc. and the Ingram Book Group.
Watson holds a bachelor’s in Business Administration with a minor in Military Science from Lincoln University and a master’s in Library Science from North Carolina Central University. He has also held membership in the Regents Advisory Council on Libraries in New York, the New York Metropolitan Library Council Board, and is the current President of the Black Caucus of the American Library Association.
The keynote presentation will be followed by a ribbon-cutting of the newly migrated and renovated technology-support wing of the library system, the James R. Bell Learning Resources Center, within a re-purposed space in the main library on campus. The renovation was financially supported in part by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Post-Secondary Education, Strengthening Institutions, Title III, Part B, Historically Black Colleges and Universities Program.
The National Library Week celebration will continue April 12 at 11:00 a.m. in the Howard-Sykes Auditorium in the main library with a panel discussion that addresses the ALA theme, “Libraries Transform,” and will include as panelists Sherrie Norwood, Systems and Metadata Librarian and Assistant Professor of Law Librarianship, William H. Bowen School of Law Library, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; Shawn Manis, Operations Manager, Ottenheimer Library, University of Arkansas at Little Rock; and Stephanie Bayless, Archivist and Assistant Manager, Butler Center for Arkansas Studies, Central Arkansas Library System, Little Rock, AR.
Mother Goose will come to the main library Wednesday, April 13, at 10:00a.m. in the Howard-Sykes Auditorium in the form of La’Tonya Richardson, an instructor in the Department of English, Theatre, and Mass Communications. Ms. Richardson will read children’s stories, fairy tales, and nursey rhymes to students from the UAPB Child Development Center. Other children and their parents from the Pine Bluff community are invited.
For further details about these events, call Lavoris Martin at (870) 575-8419.