Ogilvie Lecture -- Thursday, September 22, 2:00 p.m.~ 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand

Dr. Wayne A. Wiegand is F. William Summers Professor of Library and Information Studies and Professor of American Studies at Florida State University. He received a BA in history at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (1968), an MA in history at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (1970), and an MLS at Western Michigan University and a Ph.D. in history at Southern Illinois University (1974). Before moving to Tallahassee in 2003 he was Librarian at Urbana College in Ohio (1974-1976), and on the faculties of the College of Library Science at the University of Kentucky (1976-1986) and the School of Library and Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison (1987-2002). At the latter he also served as founder and Co-Director of the Center for the History of Print Culture in Modern America (a joint program of the University and the Wisconsin Historical Society established in 1992). In Spring, 1994, he was William Rand Kenan Jr. Visiting Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. In Spring, 1998, he was Fellow in the UW-Madison’s Institute for Research in the Humanities. In 1999 he was elected to membership in the American Antiquarian Society, and in Fall, 2000, he was a Spencer Foundation Fellow. In July, 2004, he became Executive Director of Beta Phi Mu (the International Library and Information Science Honor Society).

Wiegand was named Herbert Putnam winner by the American Library Association in 1975, ALA Library Research Round Table (LRRT) Award winner for Best Research Paper (1978), twice ALA Library History Round Table (LHRT) Justin Winsor Award winner for best research paper submitted (1982; 1996), and three times winner of the Research Paper Award given by the Association of Library and Information Science Education (1984; 1987; 1993). In 1990 he received the William Best Hesseltine Award for best article in the Wisconsin Magazine of History in 1989; in 1995 he received Southern Illinois University’s Delta Award for significant scholarship and writing in the field of history and librarianship. In 1996 he was elected Fellow in the UW-Madison’s Academy for Teaching Excellence.

In addition to nearly sixty scholarly articles, he is author of History of A Hoax: Edmund Lester Pearson, John Cotton Dana and “The Old Librarian’s Almanac” (1979); Patrician in the Progressive Era: A Biography of George von Lengerke Meyer (1988); Politics of an Emerging Profession: The American Library Association, 1876-1917 (1986); “An Active Instrument for Propaganda: American Public Libraries During World War I” (1989); and Irrepressible Reformer: A Biography of Melvil Dewey (1996). The last three were given the G.K. Hall Award for Outstanding Contribution to Library Literature (1988; 1991; 1997). He has also edited the Beta Phi Mu Monographs Series (1978-1993); Leaders in American Academic Librarianship, 1925-1975 (1983), Supplement to the Dictionary of American Library Biography (1991), and “The Library Bill of Rights,” the Summer, 1996, issue of Library Trends. In 1994 he coedited with Donald G. Davis, Jr., the Encyclopedia of Library History, and in 1998 he coedited Print Culture in a Diverse America with James Danky, which was awarded the 1999 Carey McWilliams Award for scholarly contribution to multicultural literature. From 1998 to 2002 he authored “This Month in History,” a column for ALA’s monthly American Libraries. With Tom Augst, he coedited a special issue of American Studies entitled “The Library as an Agency of Culture” (Fall, 2001), which the University of Wisconsin Press reprinted (2002). In 2003 he also coedited Defining Print Culture for Youth: The Cultural World of Children’s Reading with Anne Lundin. And with James Danky he currently edits the “Print Culture History in Modern America” series for the University of Wisconsin Press.

Wiegand has lectured widely, and has served in various professional associations, including Chair of the ALA’s LHRT (1986-7), LRRT (1991-2), and Board Member for the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing (1997- ). He served on the Editorial Board of Library Quarterly (1995-2000) and Library History (1996- ), and on the Advisory Boards of Libraries & Culture (1978- ) and Lifelong Education & Libraries (Kyoto University; 1997- ). In July, 2003, he became coeditor of Library Quarterly with John Carlo Bertot. An article he published in the January, 1999, issue of the Quarterly entitled “Tunnel Vision and Blind Spots: What the Past Tells Us About the Present; Reflections on the Twentieth Century History of American Librarianship,” subsequently became the focus of a scholarly panel discussion at Library Research Seminar II (University of Maryland, 2001). Papers from that session were published in the Quarterly’s January, 2003, issue.

Wiegand is currently writing on book entitled “Main Street Public Library: Books and Reading in the Rural Heartland, 1876-1956,” coauthoring another with Shirley Wiegand entitled “Books on Trial: Witch Hunt in the Heartland and a Nation’s Response, 1940-1943,” coauthoring a third with Sara Wadsworth entitled, “’Right Here I see My Own Books:’ The Women’s Library at the 1893 Chicago World’s Fair,” researching a fourth tentatively entitled “The American Public School Library: A History,” and coediting with Pam Richards a world history of modern librarianship, and with Jim Danky a series of essays entitled Women in Print Since 1876 for the University of Wisconsin Press.