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“On This Rock: Why Democracies Need Libraries and Archives” – Presentation by Elaine L. Westbrooks

September 21, 2023 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Sponsored by: Cornell Club of Wisconsin

DATE: Thursday, September 21, 2023
TIME: 5 PM Reception and light refreshments | 5:30 PM Presentation

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COST: Free
LOCATION: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Information Studies, Northwest Quadrant Building D, 3rd Floor room 3835/3845, 2025 E Newport Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53211

For event questions, contact Thomas Kelly

Parking/Navigation Instructions: Please park in the UWM NWQ garage (please see the map at the bottom of this webpage). If you drive up to the 1st floor level you will be on the skywalk level of the SOIS building. Otherwise you can take the stairs or the elevator in the southeast corner of the structure to reach the SOIS building. The presentation will be held in room 3835/3845.

About the Speaker:

Elaine L. Westbrooks
Carl A. Kroch University
Librarian and Vice Provost at Cornell University

Since July 2022, Elaine L. Westbrooks has been the Carl A. Droch University Librarian and Vice Provost at Cornell University. She is responsible for the leadership and general administration of the University library and Cornell University Press which includes over 15 libraries and 400 librarians, archivists, and staff.

Westbrooks is the chair of the Association of Research Libraries Scholars and Scholarship Committee. In addition, she sits on the Digital Public Library of America Board of Directors, the Sage Publishing Board of Directors, and the Board for the Center for Open Science.

Because of her expertise in scholarly publishing, Westbrooks has been interviewed by numerous media outlets, including Vox, Inside Higher Education, and the Chronicle of Higher Education. She is also a leading thinker on issues related to equity, inclusion, and social justice in academic Libraries.

While leading the University Libraries at UNC, Chapel Hill, Westbrooks led the creation and launch of their Reckoning Initiative, which has become an examplar for transformational equity work in academic libraries. She has a B.A. in Linguistics and a MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.


Northwest Quadrant – Building D
2025 E Newport Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211 United States
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