Jack E. & Debbie T. Thomas Endowed Lecture Series
Sarah Pritchard, Dean of Libraries and Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian at Northwestern University
Thursday, March 30
Room 214, Wilson Hall. A reception will immediately follow the lecture.
“Linking Libraries to Promote and Preserve a City’s History: Creating the Chicago Collections Consortium”
Over the last 10 years, a completely new organization has been established linking the major academic, museum, public and historical libraries in the greater Chicago area. The goals are to make both scholars and the public more aware of where important archival resources are located, to increase awareness of and education about the city’s history, and to ensure preservation of unique collections related to that history. How do you structure an organization to include such different types of institutions? How do you build an open web site to search so many different kinds of archives and library systems? This talk will explore the efforts that went into creating the Chicago Collections Consortium, demonstrating the CCC as a model for cultural heritage collaboration on a municipal scale.
The Thomas Lecture Series honors the outstanding work that Shirley K. Baker, former Vice Chancellor for Scholarly Resources & Dean of University Libraries, led in the areas of networked information and resource sharing.
About the speaker
Sarah M. Pritchard has been the Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian at Northwestern University since 2006. She administers the Main Library, Deering Library, Seeley G. Mudd Library, the Schaffner Library (Chicago), and the Oak Grove Library Center (Waukegan). Pritchard also has oversight of the Northwestern University Press and manages shared services with the law, medical and NU-Qatar libraries. Previously she was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Director of Libraries at Smith College; associate executive director at the Association of Research Libraries; and a specialist in reference and collection development at the Library of Congress.
She has published over 70 articles and reviews, and was the editor of the scholarly journal portal: Libraries and the Academy, from Johns Hopkins University Press from 2008 to 2014. She has served as an advisor to many academic and commercial publishing projects, and is currently part of the JSTOR Advisory Board and the Library Publishing Coalition. She is the lead representative of Northwestern’s libraries in regional and national associations including the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Chicago Collections Consortium, the Association of Research Libraries, and others.