The Berkeley Public Library Foundation’s 2016 Weininger Lecture and Reception took place on October 3 at the Central Library. This year’s guest speaker was Wayne Wiegand, author of Part of Our Lives: A People’s History of the American Public Library and F. Williams Summers Professor Emeritus of Library and Information Studies at Florida State University. Often referred to as the “Dean of American library historians,” Wiegand is the author of more than one hundred articles and numerous award-winning books, including An Active Instrument for Propaganda: American Public Libraries During World War I and Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey.
Drawing from newspaper articles, memoirs, and biographies, Wiegand centers everyday library patrons in Part of our Lives, a rich and engaging look at the history of one of America’s most beloved civic and cultural institutions.
Wiegand, a Bay Area resident and 2008-9 recipient of a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellow for his research on the American Public Library, will share video excerpts and insight on “why Americans love their libraries” in this 50 minute talk.
About the Weininger Series
The Weininger Lecture Series is supported by the Weininger family in memory of Harry Weininger and his loyalty to and love for the Berkeley Public Library and its continuing Lawyers in the Library program. The Berkeley Public Library Foundation thanks the Weininger Family for their longtime support.
For information on last year’s lecture, click here.