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School of Library Science Turns 25

The 18th annual Elizabeth W. Stone Lecture, which will be held Wednesday, April 11, holds special significance for CUA’s School of Library and Information Science. It marks the 25th anniversary of the educational institution, the only library science school in the District of Columbia.

The name of the annual lecture honors the late Ms. Stone, M.S.L.S. 1961, who became the school’s first dean when CUA’s Department of Library and Information Science was elevated to the status of a school in 1981. “She really put CUA on the map in terms of library science,” says the current dean, Martha Hale. Stone, who served as president of the American Library Association from 1981 to 1982, was an influential figure in the national movement for post-graduate education for librarians.

The speaker for this year’s lecture will be Deanna Marcum, the associate librarian for library services at the Library of Congress, who was dean of CUA’s School of Library and Information Science from 1989 to 1992. She will speak on “Culture Shock: The Changing Nature of Library Science Education.”

On the occasion of the 25th anniversary, the school hosted “A Holiday Celebration” on Dec. 7 in the newly established Information Commons on the first floor of Marist Hall. As part of its anniversary festivities, the school’s Alumni Association Board also honored Professor Emerita Mathilde V. Rovelstad with its Lifetime Achievement Award at an Oct. 14 tea.

The school hopes to raise $25,000 this year for the Elizabeth Stone Scholarship Fund, which provides financial assistance for students in need. Alumni and friends who would like to donate to the fund can contact Kathy Ennis of CUA’s Office of University Development at 202-319-6926 or

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