National Library Week to begin April 10


Julius Jefferson, Jr.

The John Brown Watson Memorial Library System at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff will celebrate National Library Week, April 10-14, with a variety of events that address the 2017 American Library Association (ALA) theme, “Libraries Transform.” All events are free and open to the public.

A keynote presentation by Julius C. Jefferson, Jr., will kick-off the celebration Monday, April 10th, at 11:00a.m. at the Howard-Sykes Auditorium of the main library. Jefferson, Jr., is the Section Head for the Knowledge Services, Foreign Affairs, Defense and Trade, and Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress.

In this capacity, he provides information and public policy research assistance exclusively to members of congress, congressional committees, and staff. Jefferson, Jr., earned his bachelor of art degree in History from Howard University and his master’s in Library Science with a concentration on archives and museum studies from the University of Maryland.

He has been a member of the Executive Board of the ALA and has served as chair of the Freedom to Read Foundation, president of the District of Columbia Library Association, chair of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Committee, chair of the Executive Board of the ALA Black Caucus, and reviewer for the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership Grants for Museums.

During the kick-off event, the new Pine Bluff public library director, Laura Whitehead, will be welcomed as the newest member of the UAPB Library Committee.

On Tuesday, April 11th, at 10:00a.m., the National Library Week celebration will continue with a combined session given by associate librarians from the UAPB library system titled “Library Innovations: Knowing Your Library Services and Resources.”

During the combined session, Maplean Donaldson, Coordinator of Acquisitions & Library Archives, will discuss eBooks and audio books available through the library system.  Lavoris Martin, Coordinator of Systems Administration & Digital Services, will address 21st Century library technological innovations. Shenise McGhee, Coordinator of Digital Reference & Information Services, will also focus on library guides, known as “LibGuides,” which are used by libraries worldwide to organize and share subject specific information online.

Community outreach will be featured during Wednesday’s presentation, April 12th, 10:00a.m., at the UAPB library auditorium with Donna Daniels, Government Documents librarian from the University of Arkansas – Fayetteville. Daniels will share research and information on Alzheimer’s and other diseases possibly affiliated with an aging population.

UAPB’s National Library Week events will end Friday, April 14th, with a noon workshop for library student assistants on best practices for the most effective delivery of services and resources.

For further information, please contact Patrice Fisher at 870.575.8411.


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