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February 1, 1993

Future of USIA Libraries Overseas To Be Discussed at Library of Congress Symposium

Robert Wedgeworth, president of the International Federation of Library Associations and Interim University Librarian at the University of Illinois, heads a group of more than a dozen prominent American librarians who will participate in a February 11, 1993, symposium at the Library of Congress on the subject of U.S. Information Agency (USIA) libraries abroad. Sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress and the USIA, the meeting will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. in the Mumford Room on the sixth floor of the Library's James Madison Memorial Building.

"USIA's libraries are a national and international resource," said John Y. Cole, the director of the Center for the Book. "We strongly support their mission in the belief that a network of American libraries overseas supports U.S. interests around the world and strengthens the library profession as a whole."

Symposium participants, in addition to representatives from the Library of Congress, the USIA, the USIA Alumni Association, and the Public Diplomacy Foundation, include: Mohammed N. Aman, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Marianna Tax Choldin, University of Illinois-Urbana; Robert P. Doyle, American Library Association; Edwin Holgrem, New York Public Library; Nancy John, University of Illinois-Chicago; Gary Kraske, University of Maryland Libraries; Mary Miles Maack, UCLA; Sandy Morton, Special Libraries Association; Wilda Newman, Special Libraries Association; Hannelore B. Rader, Cleveland State University Libraries; Pamela Spence Richards, Rutgers University; Susan Roman, American Library Association; Robert D. Stueart, Simmons College; Peggy Sullivan, American Library Association; and consultant Lucille Thomas.

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PR 93-007
ISSN 0731-3527

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