Dr. Wayne Wiegand will present the history and continuing importance of public libraries.
Located in the lower level meeting room.
The American public library is a civic institution that supports democracy through unbiased, free access to information. But the millions of people who use libraries value them even more as public spaces where people read, learn, and build community.
Dr. Wayne Wiegand, a University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh alumnus who is considered the “Dean of American library historians,” will discuss the history and continuing importance of public libraries in America, as highlighted in his book, Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library. Wiegand offers an insightful look at one of America’s most beloved cultural institutions from the perspective of everyday users.
Wayne Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. He has authored more than one hundred scholarly articles and numerous books. Part of Our Lives was released in September, several months in advance of a major documentary on the American public library, for which Wiegand served as a historical consultant. Dr. Wiegand’s book will be available for purchase and signing at the event.
This program is presented in partnership with the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh Department of History.