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Oct. 17, 2005

Christie Vilsack To Address UI School Of Library And Information Science Colloquium

Iowa First Lady Christie Vilsack will be the keynote speaker at the Louane Newsome Colloquium Friday, Oct. 28 at 1:30 p.m. in Room 101 of the Becker Communication Studies building. Admission is free and open to the public.

The colloquium, hosted by the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science, honors the late Louane Newsome, a professor in SLIS at the time of the School's creation in 1967. Many of her students are now teachers and librarians throughout Iowa and beyond. This speaker fund was created in 1973 to honor her contributions. A special legacy of Newsome is the annual Festival of Books for Young People, which she established in 1969, the 37th of which was celebrated in September.

Christie Vilsack is widely known for her dedication to building communities and promoting literacy in Iowa. Her approach strongly emphasizes partnerships between public and school libraries and other community organizations. "Iowa Stories 2000," "Books for Kindergartners," "Literacy Communities" and "Reading Day" are some of her major initiatives. Others include Cedar Rapids' "Book Buddies with Middle School Students," when students paired with adults read and discussed books. In Greene County's "Read With the Stars" series, stars such as members of the boys' high school basketball team read to elementary students.  Bayard's literacy festival, "All Roads Lead to the Library," provided children with information on books, reading, writing, and storytelling.

For more on her contributions beyond these few illustrations, visit

A reception will follow Vilsack's speech from 2:30 to 3 p.m.

For further information, please contact Becky Thoms via email at or Padmini Srinivasan, SLIS colloquium chair, at

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