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Dr. David Carr
David CarrFor 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.

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