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Luminary Lectures @ Your Library

This guide provides speaker biographies, videos, and other materials from a series of lectures on current issues in librarianship and innovative work being done in the library field throughout the country from 2002-2004.


Screenshot of former Luminary Lectures website.

In 2002, the Library of Congress' Public Services Collections Directorate launched a new lecture series entitled "Luminary Lectures @ Your Library." The lectures were free and open to the public. Most of them were videotaped and are still available for viewing via this guide.

In 2002, Diane Kresh, former director for the Library's Public Service Collections, said this about the series:

"This new lecture series gives Library staff members and their local colleagues the opportunity to gain a fresh perspective on current issues in librarianship and learn more about innovative work being done in the library field throughout the country."

Luminary Lectures, Speakers and Dates

The lectures are presented below in chronological order and can be viewed from this list, or from the left navigation menu:

The Luminary Lectures series at the Library of Congress was part of a national, public education initiative called @ your library™, the Campaign for America's Libraries, which is sponsored by the American Library Association. The Library of Congress, along with libraries in all 50 states, participated in this multiyear campaign designed to showcase public, school, academic and special libraries nationwide and to remind the public that libraries are dynamic, modern community centers for learning, information and entertainment.