While many view the library primarily as a place to borrow books, such buildings have historically been at the forefront of personal empowerment. Libraries have acted as equalizers in times of great economic and educational disparity, a role even more vital today. They offer access to services without regard to race, gender, immigrant status or other barriers. These services, available to all users, are of greatest assistance to those who historically have been unable to avail themselves of opportunities due to economic and other factors. This presentation will examine the role libraries have played in society over the last century.
Ms. Pamela O’Sullivan, head of Integrated Public Services at Drake Memorial Library since April 2008, obtained her MLS from the University at Buffalo. She is a member of the SUNY Librarians Association and the Jane Austen Society of North America, and a regular reviewer for Library Journal. Previous to joining the staff at Drake Library, Ms. O’Sullivan was a public librarian for over two decades. She is also a professional storyteller. During her time at the College, she has been active in diversity efforts, participating in a Diversity Faculty Learning Community and serving on the Programming sub-committee of the diversity committee.