H. Carton Rogers, Vice Provost and Director of the Penn Libraries, will speak on "The future of research libraries in the age of Google."
Carton Rogers' long and distinguished career at Penn has involved nearly every aspect of library planning and administration, and reflects the remarkable transformation that academic libraries have experienced in the last quarter century. His arrival in 1975 coincided with an extraordinary revolution in library technology, a revolution that Penn would influence under the leadership of Richard DeGennaro and his successors. Carton was a key planner in the evolution of the web-based catalog at Penn. He helped guide the integration of electronic journals and e-books into library collections, and played a pivotal role in re-engineering the Libraries' organization structure to reap the advantages of new technologies.
In 2004, President Gutmann appointed Carton Vice Provost and Director of Libraries. As Penn's eleventh university librarian, he has overseen the continuing transformation of the Libraries' physical and virtual presences---a transformation that resulted in the Weigle Information Commons, the design of a new Veterinary Library, and the introduction of new services, such as electronic reference and social networking applications for the Libraries' web space.
The luncheon is at 11:45 A.M. on Thursday, October 21, 2010, in the Lenape Room of the University Club.