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U of M Will Host Statewide Library Conference, Expo and Concert June 12 University News
For release: May 18, 2009

For press information, contact Tom Mendina, 901-678-4310

To promote the concept of unity among libraries throughout Tennessee, the University of Memphis will host the “We Are One!” library conference, expo, and concert on Friday, June 12.

Participating libraries include the U of M’s Ned McWherter Library and the local libraries of Southwest Tennessee Community College, the University of Tennessee Health Science Center, Rhodes College, Christian Brothers University, Lemoyne-Owen College, and the Memphis-Shelby County Public Library; Jackson State Community College of Jackson; Tennessee State University of Nashville; Middle Tennessee State University of Murfreesboro; and East Tennessee State University of Johnson City.

The public is invited to attend all three events. The schedule includes:

Circulation Conference, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., McWherter Library – discussion of trends and techniques in customer service, safety, technology, and more. Registration is closed for this event and no walk-ins can be accommodated. Thank you for your interest and please see below for more events.

Expo, 2-5:30 p.m., Rose Theatre lobby – displays from participating libraries, including information on special collections, virtual library tours, and use of technology; an exhibit of photographs by Dr. LaSimba Gray, pastor and political activist; and an exhibit from Chucalissa Archaeological Museum.

Concert, 6-8 p.m., Rose Theatre – participants include Antioch Baptist Church, the Liturgical Dancers of Antioch Baptist, Melrose High School, the Memphis Academy of Science and Engineering, Middle Baptist Church-Whitehaven, Monumental Baptist Church, Pam Amur & Workshop, soloists Calvin Campbell and Calvin Rayborne, and Joyce Henderson.

Tickets are $10 and are on sale until June 11 at the McWherter Library circulation desk Tuesdays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Tickets also may be purchased by check, made out to the University of Memphis and mailed to James E. Hudson, 126 Ned R. McWherter Library, University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., 38152-3250.

Proceeds will benefit the University Libraries.

For more information on the expo or concert, contact Sonji Wright at 901-678-2203 or

Parking is available in the Zach Curlin garage or in the Southern Avenue parking lot.

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