Dr. Brian Sturm to deliver annual Gryphon Lecture

February 22, 2013

Dr. Brian SturmThe Center for Children's Books will host the annual Gryphon Lecture on March 1, 2013 at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Brian Sturm, associate professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's School of Information and Library Science, will present "Paradoxically Speaking: Just One of the Ways Children's Folktales Engage Listeners." His talk will address engagement in storytelling and children's folktales, merging the theory and the practice of storytelling to examine the inherent qualities of children's folk literature and its use in libraries and schools.

According to the Web site of The Center for Children's Books, "The Gryphon Lecture series is hosted every spring semester by the Center for Children's Books and features a leading scholar in the field of youth and literature, media and culture. Gryphon Lectures are free and open to students and the public. A reception to discuss issues raised, network across departments, and meet with the speaker follows each lecture."

In 2012, Sturm was appointed research fellow by GSLIS for a two-year term. His research interests include immersion in information environments; storytelling; children's literature; public library services to youth. He has recently established a new initiative called StorySquad, "a literacy program that take folktales from around the world into the community to grow literacy and sow enchantment."

Sturm previously served as the assistant director of the Indiana University Library School on the South Bend campus, and has been a children's librarian in Rhode Island and in Indiana. He received both his Master’s degree and his Ph.D. in library and information science from Indiana University. Before entering LIS, he worked as a wildlife rehabilitator, an outdoor educator, and a docent for a natural history museum, all experiences that have contributed to his work as a storyteller for over fifteen years.

The lecture will take place at 7:00 p.m. in Room 126 of the GSLIS Building in Urbana-Champaign, IL.