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The Follett Lecture is given annually each year by the Follett Chair in Library and Information Science, a position established by Dominican University and the Follett Corporation in 2002.

Dr. Lynn Silipigni Connaway, 2023-2024 Follett Chair
Expanding Relationships: Libraries' Impact on the Global Community

Monday, April 18, 6:00 p.m.
Martin Recital Hall
Free; Registration required

Library leaders and staff have opportunities to develop relationships, policies, and practices for a global community, focusing on evolving community needs. By applying a global perspective, leaders and staff can embrace the opportunity to review and revise metadata, collections, and programming to meet global demands and diverse perspectives. They will integrate new technologies for discovery, access, and teaching digital literacies for a global community. The success of focusing on a global community will be dependent upon local and global relationship building and staff adaptability and the desire and motivation for change.

*The event will be held in person only. A recording will not be made available to the public.

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Past Follett Chairs and Lectures

  • The 2022-2023 Follett Chair, Cutcha Risling Baldy, presented two spring mini-courses and the Follett Lecture, “Grandfather’s Boarding School Journals: An Indigenous Experience Firsthand Account”, in spring 2023.
  • The 2020–2022 Follett Chair Ebony Elizabeth Thomas presented "The Shadow Book: Reading Slavery, Fugitivity, and Freedom in Children’s Books and Media"
  • The 2020–2021 Follett Chair, Ebony Elizabeth Thomas, and author Renée Watson presented “Fantastic Black Girlhoods: A Conversation with Ebony Elizabeth Thomas and Renée Watson” on March 29, 2021.
  • The 2019–2020 Follett Chair, Bernard Reilly, presented "Money, Technology, Politics and the Future of Memory Institutions" on April 20, 2020. Reilly also presented a spring 2020 lecture series: "Memory Institutions and Digital Evidence in a Civil Society."
  • The 2018–2019 Follett Chair, Verne Harris, presented "A Time to Remember, A Time to Forget: Fred Hampton, Nelson Mandela and the Work of Memory" on April 16, 2019.
  • The 2017–18 Follett Chair, Andrew Dillon, presented “Shaping a Better Information Space: Putting Humans at the Center of Our World” on April 26, 2018.
  • The 2016–2017 Follet Chair is David Lankes, who delivered 2017 Lecture, "The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World" on April 12, 2017 with a respondent panel of Nicole A. Cooke, Miguel Figueroa, and Scott Walter.
  • The 2014–2016 Follett Chair is Dr. Janice M. Del Negro, who presented "A 'Belligerent Profession:' Telling the Library Story" on April 8, 2015 and "The All-White World of Children's Librarianship: Baker, Rollins, and the Quest for Diversity" on April 13, 2016.
  • Mary Minow, Follett Chair from 2012 through 2014, presented "Copyright in the Digital Age" on April 15, 2013, "Ebooks and the Reader" on March 13, 2012, and "The Right to Control? Writing and Publishing Religious Works" with special insights from Sr. Janet Welsh on April 29, 2014.