David Mao, the 23rd Law Librarian of Congress, will talk about “Serving Digital Natives in Libraries Today” on Saturday, Oct. 18, at 2 p.m. in the AQMD Government Building, 21865 Copley Drive,Diamond Bar.
Mao, who manages the world’s largest collection of legal materials, will highlight ways that libraries can grow, adapt, and innovate in order to appeal to a new generation of students that have grown up immersed in modern technology.
Rep. Ed Royce will also talk about the state of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education across our nation’s schools and universities.
“The digital revolution has touched virtually every part of our lives. Students today have never known life without smart phones and the cloud and access to worlds of information at the touch of a keystroke. While some may suggest this means libraries are less relevant today, I believe this revolution makes libraries and librarianship even more important,” said Mao.
Mao manages the operation and policy administration of the Law Library of Congress, which contain the world’s largest collection of legal materials and serves as the leading research center for foreign, comparative, and international law.
Mao describes the position as part law librarian to Congress, part steward for the law collections, and part ambassador to the word’s legal and library communities.
“I look forward to speaking at Diamond Bar – and am honored to do so on the occasion of its 25th anniversary – about the role of libraries in the 21st century,” he added.
“I’m looking forward to hearing Mr. Mao’s presentation on how our libraries can evolve to engage our kids that have grown up with cell phones, iPads, and wireless internet,” said Rep. Royce.
“Public libraries that move forward with the technology of the day will continue to attract students who are eager to learn, and Mr. Mao shares my passion for ensuring that the next generation of Americans has the resources it needs to excel academically,” Royce said.
Seating is limited and reservations are a must for this very special afternoon. Please call (626) 960-2861 to reserve your seat. A reception will follow after Mao’s talk.
The winners of the Student Essay Writing Contest “How a Book Changed My Life” will be announced that afternoon. Students from ages 13 to 18 are encouraged to write a personal letter to an author, living or dead, from any genre—fiction or non-fiction, contemporary or classic, explaining how that author’s work changed their way of thinking about the world or themselves. For more information on the essay contest, please call (626) 960-2861.