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Mary Dempsey to Speak at Saint Xavier March 15
"The Role of Public Libraries in the Digital Age” A lecture and conversation with Mary Dempsey As Commissioner of the Chicago Public Library, Mary Dempsey is responsible for more than 1,200 employees in 79 locations and an annual operating budget of more than $100 million. Under her leadership, the Chicago Public Library has expanded its technological and educational services, including free public Internet, online reference and Wi-Fi access in all libraries, and a state-of-the-art bibliographic database and circulation system. The Chicago Public Library serves more than 1 million people per month, circulates more than 9 million items annually and provides more than 3 million free Internet sessions each year. It is now developing a strategic plan that will focus on public education about its resources. Dempsey holds a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from St. Mary’s University; a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, where she received an Illinois State Library Scholarship; and a J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law. She received the Shield of Saint Xavier, the University’s highest honor, in 2000. Tuesday, March 15, 2011 6:30 p.m. Butler Reception Room Warde Academic Center Saint Xavier University 3700 West 103rd Street Chicago, IL 60655 Free and Open to the Public For additional information, please contact the Center for Religion and Public Discourse at (773) 298-3981 or mareska@sxu.edu