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Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture

Bryn Geffert
Librarian of the College
Amherst College

"An Imperfect Effort to Build the Perfect Academic Press"

Friday, September 16, 2016 at 3 pm
Diane Gregg Pavilion, Lewis & Clark College

A reception will follow the event.

Frustrated with the academy's growing inability to disseminate literature to those who need it, worried about the lack of outlets for evaluating and certifying innovative digital scholarship, and itching to bring the voices of liberal arts colleges to an industry dominated by research institutions, 41 liberal arts colleges have banded together to form the Lever Press. Working with the Amherst College Press and the University of Michigan Press, this new initiative has committed to producing sixty works over the course of five years--all rigorously peer-reviewed and edited, and all disseminated free of charge under Creative Commons licenses. How we arrived at this point, where we've succeeded, where we've failed, and where we hope to end up.

Bryn Geffert is the librarian of the college at Amherst College. He majored in history and in Russian, graduating summa cum laude from St. Olaf College, with breaks for study in Scotland and the Soviet Union, plus stints as a lifeguard and Red Cross swimming instructor. He received an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois, and an M.A. in Russian history and a Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Minnesota. Bryn returned to his alma mater, St. Olaf College, where he worked for sixteen years, first as a reference librarian and then as library director and an associate professor of Russian studies. Before coming to Amherst he served as the library director and an associate professor of history at the United States Military Academy, better known as West Point.

Bryn’s personal research focuses on Russian social and intellectual history. Recent publications include Eastern Orthodox and Anglicans: Diplomacy, Theology, and the Politics of Interwar Ecumenism (Notre Dame University Press, 2010) and Eastern Orthodox Christianity: The Essential Texts (Yale University Press, 2016). In his spare time he likes to read and write. He has run sixteen marathons (including Boston) and a few triathlons. He served for many years as a high-school basketball official: he is, by all accounts, a blind idiot.

Johannah Sherrer

Aubrey R. Watzek Library
Lewis & Clark
July 1993-September 1998

The Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture in Library Service was established in 1999 by James J. Kopp to commemorate the contributions and legacies of a respected friend, colleague, and champion of service.

Known for her warm smile, her boundless energy, vitality, and drive, her compassion and friendliness to all creatures great and small, and her devotion to service in all its connotations, Johannah Sherrer was a friend, a colleague, a mentor, a leader, and a champion of libraries.

Johannah came to Lewis & Clark in 1993 from Duke University where she served as Head of Reference.  She held positions as Coordinator of Reference Services and Collection Development and then Director of Public Services at the University of Northern Colorado.  She worked at the University of Dayton from 1970 to 1979, initially as Reference Librarian and then as Head of Reference.  She received her MSLS from the University of Kentucky, an MA in History from the University of Dayton, and her BA degree from the University of Portland.

Johannah authored and co-authored numerous articles and book chapters and was a frequent speaker and panelist at library conferences.  She chaired the ALA's Professional Ethics Committee and several other committees at the national, regional, and state levels.

If you are interested in contributing to the Johannah Sherrer Memorial Lecture Fund, you can do so through the College's Online Giving Form.

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Previous Sherrer Lecture Presentations

2015 -- "Google Searching for Black Girls: Old Media Stereotypes in New Media Practices"

Safiya Umoja Noble, University of California, Los Angeles

2014 -- "Discovering Information:  Investigations into How Students Search"

Andrew Asher, Indiana University

2013 -- "What Librarians and Faculty Should Know about Today's Students and Their Research Practices"

Alison J. Head, Project Information Literacy

2012 -- "Coming Soon to Campus:  The New "Free Agent" Learner - Are You Ready?" 
Julie Evans, Project Tomorrow 

2011 -- "Forward Thinking: Aligning Library Services with Faculty Needs"
Roger C. Schonfeld, ITHAKA S+R

2010 -- "Think with Me: The Possibilities of Public Conversations in Cultural Institutions"
Dr. David Carr, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

2009 -- "Straws In the Wind: Emerging Models of Library Service"
Lizabeth (Betsy) A. Wilson, University of Washington

2008 -- "Aligning Academic Libraries with Real User Needs"
Susan Gibbons, University of Rochester

2007 -- "A Convergence of Pathways:  Re-imagining Image Collections for Tomorrow's Teachers and Learners"
Elisa Lanzi, Smith College

2006 -- "Peering Through the Net:  Student Perspectives on the Net Generation--A Panel Presentation"
Craig Beebe, Tyler Caffall, Charlotte Helmer, Mahria Lebow, Mindy Ross, Eric Valentine

2004 -- "On the Same Path:  Faculty, Librarians, and IT Collaboration"
Susan L. Perry, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Council on Library and Information Resources

2003 -- "The Changing Face of Service:  A Panel Presentation"
Patricia Cutright, Victoria Hanawalt, John Helmer, Elaine Heras, Scott Smith

2002 -- "Service in a Collaborative Way"
Joan K. Lippincott, Coalition for Networked Information

2001 -- "The Importance of Being Learned"
Elizabeth A. Dupuis, University of Texas

2000 -- "The Fate of Service in an Increasingly Digital and Commercial World"
Jerry D. Campbell, University of Southern California

1999 -- "Service in a Complex Future"
Walt Crawford, Research Libraries Group

This page maintained by Elaine Gass Hirsch elaineghirsch@lclark.edu. Updated 19 July, 2016.