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E-readers, genealogy, green construction are discussion topics

Forgotten Diamonds literacy projectCelebrate National Library Week with a panel discussion about electronic books, genealogy workshops and a presentation about building green libraries.

First held in 1966, National Library Week is sponsored by the American Library Association to recognize the contributions of the nation’s libraries and librarians. All types of libraries — school, public, academic and special libraries — hold events. UNT’s observance of National Library Week will be April 6-12.

Willis Library, the library at Discovery Park, the College of Information and the Discovery Park Center for Student Affairs will sponsor a book drive to benefit Forgotten Diamonds, right, a literacy organization that sends books and educational supplies to schools in Sierra Leone.

New and used children’s books and college textbooks in good condition will be collected through April 29. Collection boxes are at the Willis Library and the Discovery Park Library, Room B135.

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April 6

4 p.m. — The Impact of E-Readers on the Classroom, Libraries and the Environment. A panel discussion with faculty from the College of Information and staff from the Denton Public Library system and the UNT Libraries. The panel will be moderated by Suliman Hawamdeh, chair of the Department of Library and Information Sciences in the College of Information. Panelists will be Lin Lin, assistant professor of learning technologies; Shawne Miksa, associate professor of library and information sciences; Jennifer Sheehan, curator of rare books; and Kimberly Wells, branch manager for the Denton Public Library system; Discovery Park Library.

April 7

7 p.m. — Discover Your Story Genealogy Workshop for adults. The free workshop will focus on gathering family information, locating census records, accessing vital records and using genealogical forms and cite sources; Discovery Park library.

April 12

4 p.m. — Green Libraries: The City of Irving Shows Us the Future. A presentation about the building of the Irving Public Library system’s new West Irving Library, which will feature geothermal heating and cooling, solar panels and other environmentally friendly features. Located on the corner of Rochelle and Esters roads, the library will open in April and is expected to be a Gold LEED Certified building in accordance with standards established by the U.S. Green Building Council. Guest speakers will be Deborah Vaden, library services manager for the Irving Public Library system, and Bill Hidell of Hiddell & Associates, lead architect on the building;Discovery Park library.

Posted on: Mon 04 April 2011

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