MU’s Library and Information Science Graduate Student Association (LISGSA) hosted their third annual conference on Saturday, April 11, 2015 on MU’s Columbia campus. The conference featured presenters, student speakers, panel discussions and faculty involvement revolving around the history of libraries. To celebrate the theme “From Dewey to Digital: The History of Librarianship,” LISGSA invited esteemed author and educator Dr. Christine Pawley to serve as the Keynote Speaker for the event. Dr. Pawley’s presentation: “From Library Economy to the iSchool: Pragmatism and Principle in the History of LIS Education” was well received by all attendees. Dr. Pawley retired in 2012 as Professor and Director at the School of Library and Information Studies, and Director of the Center for History of Print and Digital Culture at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her dedication to libraries and the field of education within an LIS program truly shined throughout the day as she answered questions and enjoyed lunch with MU students and faculty. She now resides in Sechelt, BC, Canada with her husband and continues to write and teach.
Kristen Schuster, Doctoral Candidate. Presenting at Conference
Other presenters included Donna Bacon, Executive Director of MOBIUS; Marie Concannon, Head of Government Information and Data Archives at MU Libraries; Kelli Hansen, Special Collections and Rare Books Librarian at MU Libraries; Dr. Thomas Kochtanek, Associate Professor of Information Science, SISLT; Doctoral Candidates: A.J. Million, Kristen Schuster and Kenny Haggerty; and Graduate Students Ryland Johnson and Enyu Zhou.
Over 30 students and professionals from Columbia, St. Louis, Kansas City and the surrounding areas attended the annual conference.