Libraries and Librarians
Author, commentator, filmmaker and poet Andrei Codrescu was the keynote speaker at the American Library Association President’s… read more
Author, commentator, filmmaker and poet Andrei Codrescu was the keynote speaker at the American Library Association President’s Program at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. He joined ALA president Michael Gorman for a discussion of librarians and education for librarians in the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas.
Mr. Codrescu opened the program with reflections on librarians who have had an impact on his life and career, both in his native Romania and his adopted city of New Orleans. He also talked about some of his books, the lasting effects of Hurricane Katrina on his hometown of New Orleans, and his unhappiness with the Patriot Act. Because of ALA’s record in opposing excesses in the USA Patriot Act, Mr. Codrescu said he felt “great dismay” that the organization “has taken no action to condemn the imprisonment of librarians,” the banning of books, and repression in Cuba. He mentioned that other international figures, including U.S. leftists like Noam Chomsky, have joined in such condemnation. "Cuba today is the Romania of my growing up."
Following the keynote address, Michael Gorman explored issues in library education and the role of librarians in today’s changing age of information. After their presentations both men answered audience members' questions.
Andrei Codrescu offers comments weekly on National Public Radio’s “All Things Considered,” founded and edits the literary journal Exquisite Corpse, and won a Peabody Award for his travel film, Road Scholar. He also teaches English at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Mr. Codrescu has written more than twenty books and his newest is New Orleans, Mon Amour: Twenty Years of Writings from the City, published by Algonquin Books. close
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