Maurice Freedman, President of The American
(New York, October 4, 2002) Maurice "Mitch" Freedman, President of the American Library Association (ALA), spoke to Columbia University Librarians at their Professional Staff Meeting on September 20, 2002.
Dr. Freedman, a former associate professor at Columbia's School of Library Service, talked about his agenda as President of ALA, which includes initiatives such as the Campaign for American's Librarians and the Better Salaries and Pay Equity Taskforce.
Jeff Carroll, the Chair of the Representative Committee of Librarians at Columbia said, "We are looking to bring in speakers from time to time who are not only capable of engaging us in their specific areas of expertise, but who can also act as catalysts for dialogue on topics of critical importance to librarians. We feel that Dr. Freedman is certainly such a speaker and are glad he was able to join us."
Dr. Freedman said that he was delighted to be back at Columbia and engaging librarians in discussions of issues of importance to the greater professional community.
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