Signature Events

The School of Information Studies hosts a series of annual lectures, characterized by high-profile speakers and thought leaders in the field of library and information science. These events are free and open to the public with registration required.

  • The Spring Lecture is given in years when the Butler Lecture is not presented. Recent spring lecturers include Barbara J. Ford, Director and Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign on 3/21/12 and Newbery Medal-winning children's book author Katherine Paterson on 4/6/11.
  • The Butler Lecture is generously supported by the Butler Family Foundation. The Butler Lectures showcase award-winning creators of books for young people and academic experts who speak on issues related to children's literature and the joy of reading and lifelong learning. The inaugural Butler Lecturer was Caldecott Medal-winning illustrator Ed Young, 2/22/2013, titled "The House Baba Built." The 2014 Butler Lecture was presented by Jane Yolen on 2/26/14, titled "Folklore vs. Fakelore: The Truth about Folk, Fairy, and Fantasy Stories;" and the 2015 Lecture by LeUyen Pham on 3/5/15, titled "Wandering Wonderland: An Immigrant's Story Told Through Books." Award-winning illustrator Christian Robinson delivered the 2016 Lecture, "You Are Here: Finding Yourself in Picture Books" on 3/16/16. The 2017 Lecture, "Why Magic?" was delivered by author Holly Black on 3/16/17. Upcoming Butler Lecturers include Andrea Davis Pinkney, 3/14/18; and Carmen Agra Deedy, 3/20/19.
  • The Follett Lecture is given annually each spring by the Follett Chair in Library and Information Science, a position established by Dominican and the Follett Corporation in 2002. Past Follett Chairs inclue Martin J. Dillon, Ed Valauskas, Steven L. Herb, and Ken Haycock; their lectures are archived online in full text in World Libraries, vol.19 nos.1-2. Mary Minow, Follett Chair from 2012 through 2014, presented "Copyright in the Digital Age" on 4/15/13, "Ebooks and the Reader" on 3/13/12, and "The Right to Control? Writing and Publishing Religious Works" with special insights from Sr. Janet Welsh on 4/29/14. The 2014-16 Follett Chair is Dr. Janice M. Del Negro, who presented "A 'Belligerent Profession:' Telling the Library Story" on 4/8/15 and "The All-White World of Children's Librarianship: Baker, Rollins, and the Quest for Diversity" on 4/13/16. The 2016-17 Follet Chair is David Lankes, who delivered 2017 Lecture, "The Social Responsibility of the Library and the Librarian in a Post-Factual World" on 4/12/17 with a respondent panel of Nicole A. Cooke, Miguel Figueroa, and Scott Walter. Andrew Dillon is the 2017-18 Follett Chair, and he will deliver the 2018 Lecture on 4/26/18.
  • The McCusker Lecture is presented annually each fall and celebrates the life and contributions of Sister Lauretta McCusker, O.P., the first dean of Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, now the School of Information Studies. Recent McCusker Lectures have been presented by renowned author and intellectual freedom advocate Sara Paretsky, "Another Turn of the Screw" on 10/24/12, archived in World Libraries, vol.20 no.1; and Sister Mary Paynter, O.P., who presented on 10/16/13, "Educational Essentials on the American Frontier" on 10/16/13. The 2014 McCusker Lecture was delivered 10/1/14 by Howard Besser, professor of cinema studies and the director of the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts. The 2015 McCusker Lecture was presented by John Chrastka, executive director of, on 10/14/15. The 2016 McCusker Lecture was delivered on 10/6/16 by ALA Immediate Past President Sari Feldman. The 2017 McCusker Lecture will be delivered on 10/3/17 by Linda Hofschire. RSVP for the 2017 Lecture.