The Lucile Kelling Henderson Lecture Series was established in 1990 to honor the memory of Lucile K. Henderson, SILS faculty member (1932-1960) and dean (1954-1960). As an excellent teacher, administrator, counselor and adviser, Henderson made many contributions to the University and to the profession. She died in 1990 at the age of 95.
2012—Dr. John G. Palfrey, Jr., head of the Phillips Academy and former Henry n. Ess III professor of Law and vice dean for Library and Information Resources at Harvard Law School, presented “Building a Digital Public Library of America” on September 24, 2012. The video of the event is available on the SILS Vimeo channel.
2011—Dr. Fred Roper, distinguished dean emeritus of the University of South Carolina’s School of Library and Information Science and SILS distinguished alumnus, presented "On the shoulders of giants: How SILS achieved the national championship in Library and Information Science." The lecture, which was held September 23, 2011, was part of the kick-off of the School's 80th anniversary celebration.
2010—Chris Batt, OBE, director of Chris Batt Consulting Ltd. and former chief executive of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) in London, England. Chris presented, "If we did not have libraries, would anyone invent them?" during the Oct. 5th event.
2009—Tom Blanton, director of the National Security Archive at George Washington University, which won the George Polk Award in April 2000 for “piercing self-serving veils of government secrecy, guiding journalists in search for the truth, and informing us all.” Tom presented, "The Secrecy Hangover" during the Sept. 24th event. A special screening of the award-winning documentary, "Secrecy" was shown after the lecture.
2008—Siva Vaidhyanathan, a cultural historian and media scholar, is the author of Copyrights and Copywrongs: The Rise of Intellectual Property and How it Threatens Creativity (New York University Press, 2001) and The Anarchist in the Library: How the Clash between Freedom and Control is Hacking the Real World and Crashing the System (Basic Books, 2004). "The Human Knowledge Project (Part 1): Four Conceptual Errors concerning Massive Digital Library Projects."
2006—Dr. David Weinberger began his “career” in the late '70s teaching philosophy at New Jersey's Stockton State College for five years. (He has a Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Toronto.) During this time he maintained his steady freelance writing of humor, reviews and intellectual and academic articles, publishing in places as diverse as The New York Times, Harvard Business Review, Smithsonian, Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine and TV Guide. “Everything is Miscellaneous”
2005—Professors Wayne and Shirley Wiegand, Shirley Wiegand is a professor of Law at the Marquette University Law School and author of many scholarly articles that address issues of civil liberties and conflict resolution. Wayne Weigand is the F. William Summers professor of Library and Information Studies and professor of American Studies at Florida State University. He is the author of numerous books — including the famous Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey as well as many articles in American print culture and library history. “Books On Trial: Witch Hunt in the Heartland and a Nation’s Response.”
2005—Barbara Rimer, Dean of the School of Public Health, dean of the School of Public Health,behavioral scientist, alumni distinguished professor at the School of Public Health and deputy director for Population Sciences at UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center. “Books, Bytes and Bugs: From Information and Library Science to Public Health.”
2003—Fred Kilgour, Distinguished Research Professor in the School of Information and Library Science and Herbert Van de Sompel, team leader of the Digital Library Research and Prototyping Team at the Research Library of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, “Sharing Library Resources: From Online Computer Library Center to Open Archives Protocol for Metadata Harvesting.”
2002—William Ferris, associate director of the Center for the Study of the American South and professor, UNC at Chapel Hill History Department, “The Humanities, Technology and the American South”
2001—John Vaughn, executive vice president of the Association of American Universities, “Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age.”
2000—Gregory Crane, from Tufts University, editor-in-chief of The Perseus Project, “Open Information and the Social Contract of the Humanities.”
1999—Michael Lesk, director of the National Science Foundation's Division of Information and Intelligent Systems, “Books, Bytes and Bucks: When Can We Privatize Digital Libraries?”
1998—Ben Schneiderman, professor at the University of Maryland 's Department of Computer Science, “The Eyes Have It: User Interfaces for Information Visualization.”
1997—Nicholas J. Belkin, professor at the School of Communication, Information and Library Studies at Rutgers University, “Understanding and Supporting People's Interactions with Information: Collaboration, Not Agency.”
1997—John V. Richardson Jr., associate professor with the Department of Library and Information Science at UCLA, “Understanding the Question-Answering Process: A Systems Approach and Demonstration.”
1996—Edward A. Fox, professor of computer science at Virginia Polytechnic Institute, “Rethinking Libraries in the Information Age: Lessons Learned with Five Digital Library Projects.”
1995—Susan M. Hockey, director of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities, “Computers, Electronic Information and the Humanities: Views Toward the Twenty-First Century.”
1994—Gerda Lerner, Robinson-Edwards Professor of History Emerita at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, “The Creation of Feminist Consciousness.”
1993—Janice Radway, professor of literature at Duke University, “A Modern 'Selling Machine' for Books: The Origins of the Book of the Month Club.”
1992—William Moffett, director of the Huntington Library, San Marino, Calif., “Who Owns Knowledge?” (Dead Sea Scrolls)
1991—Fred Roper, dean of the College of Library and Information Science at the University of Sourth Carolina.
The OCLC/Kilgour Lecture is funded through a special endowment from the OCLC Online Computer Library Center to honor Dr. Frederick G. Kilgour, founder of the OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc., and distinguished research professor at SILS who passed away in July, 2006. The fund supports an annual lecture bringing together scholars and leaders from around the world to share innovative ideas and cutting-edge research.
2012—Jay Jordan, president and chief executive officer of OCLC, presented "The Web and the New World of Bibliography" for the seventh annual OCLC/Frederick G. Kilgour Lecture.
2011—Daniel Greenstein, vice provost for Academic Planning, Programs and Coordination at the University of California's Office of the President, presented "The university and its digital libraries. A tale in three parts"
2010—Lee Dirks, director of Education & Scholarly Communications in Microsoft’s External Research division, presented "The Next Generation Scholarly Communication Ecosystem: Implications for Librarians"
2009—Pamela Samuelson, Richard M. Sherman ’74 Distinguished Professor of Law and Information at the University of California at Berkeley and director of the Berkeley Center for Law & Technology, presented "Reflections on the Google Booksearch Settlement"
2008—David Rumsey, president of Cartography Associates and Chairman of Luna Imaging, presented "Turning Private Collections into Public Resources Using Digital Technologies and the Internet"
2007—Michael Tiemann, vice president for Open Source Affairs for Red Hat, "Sharing Knowledge, Multiplying Value: The Non-Linear Nature of Open Source Software"
2006—Lorcan Dempsey, vice president of Research and chief strategist for OCLC Online Computer Library Center will present, “Libraries, Logistics and the Long Tail”
The Susan Steinfirst Memorial Lecture in Children's Literature honors the memory of Susan Steinfirst, a professor of children's and young adult literature at SILS from 1976 to 1996. Steinfirst dedicated her life to the promotion of children's literature by teaching future librarians and by publishing scholarly works in the field. She died of cancer in 1997.
2011—Linda Sue Park, Korean-American author of picture books and novels for children, provided a thought-provoking and entertaining lecture on September 25, 2011 in Gerrard Hall on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus. The lecture was part of the School's 80th anniversary kick-off celebration.
2009—Brian Pinkney, children’s book illustrator and author read from his works and shared his illustrations and techniques. This lecture was part of the North Carolina Literary Festival held on the UNC at Chapel Hill campus.
2008—Sarah Dessen, The New York Times best-selling author of young adult books, read from her novel, Lock and Key
2006—Avi, children's author of the Award-winning historical novel Crispin: The Cross of Lead and Honor
2004—Paul O. Zelinsky, children's illustrator and Caldecott Medalist, Rapunzel
2002—Vera B. Williams, children's author and illustrator of the Caldecott Award-winning book, More, More, More Said the Baby
2000—Seymour Simon, children's science book author
“From Paper Airplanes to Outer Space: Science Books are the Real Thing”
1999—Deborah Hopkinson, children's author
“Only Connect: Using Literature to Help Children Understand the Past”
1998—Mary Pope Osborne, children's author
“Myth, Legend and History: Sources of Inspiration for a Children's Author”
2012 (May)—Cathy N. Davidson, Ruth F. DeVarney Professor of English at Duke English at Duke University and the John Hope Franklin Humanities Institute Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies. She presented, "Connection in the Age of Information."
2011 (December)—John Ulmschneider, SILS distinguished alumnus and university librarian and professor at the Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries.
2011 (May)—Ryan Allis, Entrepreneur, chief executive officer and co-founder of iContact.
2010 (December)—Deborah Balsamo, SILS distinguished alumna and National Program Manager for the EPA's National Library Network.
2010 (May)—Robert Molyneux, SILS distinguished alumnus and vice president of Business Development at Equinox Software, Inc. / The Evergreen Experts.
2009 (December)—Hampton "Skip" Auld, SILS distinguished alumnus and director of Durham County Library.
2008 (December)—Mark Allen Greene, director of the American Heritage Center, University of Wyoming.
2008 (May)—Dr. Duane Webster,executive director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).
2007 (December)—Dr. Laura (Lolly) Gasaway, associate dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law UNC at Chapel Hill's School of Law.
2007 (May)—Patricia Harris, technical information specialist of the Global Standards and Information Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
2006 (May)—Brewster Kahle, director and co-founder of the Internet Archive and digital librarian.
2005 (Dec)—Susan Perry, senior advisor to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, director of Programs for the Council on Libraries and Information Resources (MSLS '66)
2005 (May)—Paul Horn, senior vice-president and director of IBM Research.
2004 (Dec)—Susan Tarr, executive director of the Federal Library and Information Center Committee (FLICC) at the Library of Congress (MSLS '74)
2003 (Dec)—Mary L. Boone, director of the Jefferson Information Center, U.S. Department of State (MSLS '73)
2003 (May)—Dr. Seamus Ross, director of Humanities Computing and Information Management at the University of Glasgow
2002 (Dec)—Dr. Angela Ruffin, Head, National Network of Libraries of Medicine (PhD '89)
2002 (May)—Dr. Robert Martin, Director, Institute of Museum and Library Services (PhD '88)
2001 (Dec)—Dr. Brian Sturm, Assistant Professor, SILS
2001 (May)—Betty McCain, Immediate Past Secretary of North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources
2000 (Dec)—Tony Peacock, 1999 Champion, National Hollerin' Contest, Spivey's Corner, NC
2000 (May)—Eric Reeves, North Carolina State Senator, “Bringing Technology to Government”
1999 (Dec)—Dr. David Carr, Associate Professor, SILS
1999 (May)—Jane Smith Patterson, Senior Advisor to Gov. Jim Hunt for Science and Technology
1998—Martin Dillon, Executive Director, Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) and past SILS Faculty Member ('70-'85), “The Information Professions: The Future is Not What it Used to Be”
1997—Dr. Laura Gasaway, Professor and Director of Law Library, School of Law, UNC, “Legal Challenges in Cyberspace”
1996—Dr. Edward Holley, Dean and Professor, SILS, “To See the Glass Half Full: A Challenge for Commencement Day”
1995—Jerry Campbell, Vice Provost for Library Affairs and University Librarian Perkins Library, Duke University, “Staying in the Eye of the Storm”
1994—Dr. Fred Kilgour, Distinguished Research Professor, SILS, “Professional Excitement”
1993—Dr. Chuck Stone, Walter Spearman Professor of Journalism and Mass Communications, “Librarians, Libraries and Other Liberators”
1992—Dr. Marilyn Miller, Director, UNC-Greensboro's library science program and former SILS faculty member, “Celebrate Your Profession”
1991—Dr. William Graves, Associate Provost for Information Technology at UNC, “Campus Technologies for the Future”
1990—Anne Marie Elkins, Director, Braswell Memorial Library in Rocky Mount, NC, “Journey to Ithaka”
1989—Anne J. Mathews, Director, Library Programs, U.S. Department of Education, “Empowering Librarians to Lead”
1988—Dr. Margaret Myers, Head of ALA's Office for Library Personnel Resources, “The World is Your Oyster: Making a Difference”
1987—Howard McGinn, Associate State Librarian, “Librarianship and the Information Infrastructure”
1986—Dr. Evelyn Daniel, Dean, SILS, “Networking: The Key to a Successful Future”
1985—Dr. Edward Holley, Dean, SILS
1984—Libby Smith, Librarian, Environmental Protection Agency
1983—Susan Tarr, Executive Director, Processing Department, Library of Congress
1980—First Annual Graduate Reception following the University commencement. Included remarks by Dean Edward Holley and Nell Waltner, Alumni Association President.
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