The global reach of libraries will be the focus of this year’s Bryant Jackson Lecture. Barbara Ford will give the talk, titled Libraries and Campus Globalization, at 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 26, in the Old Main Room, Bone Student Center. The event, which is part of the Speaker Series at Illinois State University, is free and open to the public.
Ford is the director of the Mortenson Center for International Library Programs and Mortenson Distinguished Professor at the Library of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has been recognized for her significant contributions and dedication by the Chinese American Librarians Association and the American Library Association (ALA), for which she served as president from 1997 to 1998 with the theme Libraries: Global Reach, Local Touch.
Ford is actively involved with the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions and she has published and traveled the world addressing numerous library-related issues.
A Peace Corps volunteer, Ford earned a bachelor’s degree in history and education from Illinois Wesleyan University, a master’s degree in international relations from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The talk is sponsored by Milner Library. The Bryant Jackson Lectureship was established in 2003 by former University Librarian Joe Kraus to honor his associate university librarian. Over a 26-year period, Jackson held numerous positions in Milner Library. The lectureship recognizes his dedication, excellence and leadership. An annual event, the lectureship features prominent speakers and scholars in the field of library and information science.
For additional information, contact Jan Johnson at Milner Library at (309) 438-3897.