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Professor to share African adventure

Mary Wagner (center) with her daughter, Nora (left) and husband, Bill Moore,  in Zambia.
Mary Wagner (center) with her daughter, Nora (left) and husband, Bill Moore, in Zambia.
Photo supplied by Wagner.

Professor of Library and Information Science Mary Wagner, who spent a year in Zambia, Africa, as a Fulbright Scholar, will share experiences from her sabbatical year on Thursday, Oct. 27.

Fulbright supported curriculum development and more

Wagner was a guest lecturer in the Library Studies Program of the University of Zambia in Lusaka. The program has 600 students at the diploma and baccalaureate levels and the University has also launched a graduate program.

Wagner taught courses in electronic resources, basic reference and a seminar class in legal issues in libraries, as well as tutorials. She developed curriculum for teachers and librarians and led workshops on marketing libraries.

She also contributed to the Lubuto Library Project, which provides libraries as space for children to learn, read, and to explore art and drama. She was on site weekly to tell stories and read to the children.

Wagner attended and contributed to a number of conferences throughout the year, including the Zambian Library Association’s annual conference, the International Board for Books for Youth-Africa, in South Africa, and the 19th Standing Conference of Eastern, Central, Southern Africa Library and Information Association held in Botswana, where she was featured in a performance of a story-song, called an Ablyoyo.

Her husband, Bill, and daughters, Lebo and Nora, joined her for this exceptional year and contributed their talents to the community.

Friends of the Library Gala

Wagner is a gifted story-teller and will share her African experiences at the annual Friends of the Libraries fall Gala on Thursday, Oct. 27. 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the Sister Marie Inez Faculty Study, room 123, in the University Library on the St. Paul campus.  All proceeds from the event benefit the June Smith Endowed Library Fund for the Multicultural Collection at St. Kate's.

For more information email Library Administrative Assistant, Rita Schultz, or call 651-690-6649.

Oct. 14, 2011 by Karen Harwood

See also: Education, Faculty, Social Justice