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This paper is a biographical essay on Vartan Gregorian, appointed president of Carnegie Corporation in 1997. The focus of the research is on Vartan Gregorian's accomplishments as an educator, as provost of the University of Pennsylvania, as director and president of the New York Public Library, and, most recently, as the president of Brown University. This paper details his opinions and beliefs concerning the role of libraries and librarians in the information age. Research methods included a review of the available literature by and about Vartan Gregorian and a telephone interview with him on August 13, 1997. Topics discussed include biographical background; management style; fundraising; Gregorian's presidency of Brown University; the telephone interview; quality of library service to the public; implications of technological advancement on access to information; intellectual freedom; literacy; books in the electronic library; library and librarian roles in the information age; Vartan Gregorian's ability to combine visions of the ideal with practical means of attaining them; and future career plans and mission. The interview questions are appended. Contains 31 references. (Author/DLS)

Descriptors: Access to Information, Biographies, Censorship, Democracy, Educational Administration, Educational Change, Fund Raising, Futures (of Society), Higher Education, Information Technology, Intellectual Freedom, Interviews, Librarians, Libraries, Library Administration, Library Role, Library Services, Literacy, Technological Advancement











Author: Monahan, Mary

Source: https://eric.ed.gov/?q=a&ft=on&ff1=dtySince_1992&pg=10598&id=ED423904







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