Dr. David Carr
For more than 30 years, Dr. David Carr has taught librarianship
at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, and UNC-Chapel
Hill, specializing in collections, reading, and reference
services in humanities and social sciences. He writes extensively
about adult learning outside schools, especially in public
cultural institutions such as libraries and museums.
In recent years, he has lectured and written on the passion
for reading in adult life and has assisted public libraries
in carrying out community reading projects. Dr. Carr was
recognized as a master teacher by the Association for Library
and Information Science Education in 1994. He has delivered
many presentations, including more than 30 keynote addresses,
and has consulted widely in American museums. He has published
more than 50 articles, addresses, chapters and book reviews,
and two collections of essays: The Promise of Cultural
Institutions in 2003, and A Place Not a Place: Reflection
and Possibility in Museums and Libraries in 2006.
He is now writing and thinking about the value of public
cultural institutions as essential instruments in democratic
societies. Dr. Carr holds a bachelor’s degree from
Drew University, master’s degrees from Columbia and
Rutgers Universities, and the Ph.D. from Rutgers University.
More About the Series:
The School of Library and Information Science is pleased
to present the “Conversations with David Carr” lecture
series this fall. The series is devoted to the foundations
of public cultural institutions and their value in contemporary
American culture, learning in adult life, and possible
futures for services and experiences in libraries and museums
for the early years of the 21st Century.
The October installment of the series, Communities of
Aspiration, will reflect on Civic Ground and the Meanings
of Hometown; Community as Story, Drama, Tapestry, Poem,
Performance; Wanting, Aspiring, Becoming; and Fractions
of the True Complexity.