Library Legacies: An Oral History Project at an Academic Library

This is an exciting project at Penn State to document the history of the library system. The webinar is free and open to everyone! It’s a Connect and Communicate Series session sponsored by the College and Research Division of the Pennsylvania Library Association.”



Join us August 28th at 12pm EST


“The times, they are a’changing”: The Library Legacies Oral History Project

Presented by Jackie Esposito

Register for the Zoom Link (online, free):  here

Library Legacies, a Penn State University Libraries oral history project, was conducted to ensure that the Libraries long-distinguished University history is captured and made accessible. By interviewing 150 present and former University Libraries administrators, faculty, and staff, this project attempted to place the rich work and experiences of these individuals in the context of the immense changes in the Library industry over the past 60 years. Their memories can infuse and negotiate the meanings of the past, amplify how their actions inform the present, and establish a path forward into a strategic future. The earliest interviewee began her Library career in 1958, the most current in 2018. This presentation will discuss trends, skill set development, strategic impacts, human resource issues and effects of technology across the Library as an industry.

For more information about Jackie Esposito, please see the blog post here:

Session will be conducted using Zoom software. Click the link above for a registration link. Thank you to CRD and PaLA for supporting the C&CS series. If you have any questions or would like to propose a session, please contact Erin Burns at

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