Have Books, Will Travel
MLIS professor awarded Fulbright Scholarship to study in Zambia
Think of her as the driver of an international
Mary Wagner, a professor in St. Kate's
Master of Library and Information Science
(MLIS) program, will travel to Lusaka,
Zambia, this fall to teach at the University
of Zambia about building library services
for children and
She'll also work
with the Lubuto
develops open access
libraries for African street orphans.
The former director of MLIS, Wagner was
awarded a prestigious Fulbright Scholar
grant to fund her year in Zambia.
One goal is to create "a service-learning
relationship" between the Lubuto Library
Project — which helps children learn to read
— and the University of Zambia. "I want to
encourage education and library-science
students there to come and work with kids
in the community library center," she says.
Wagner will be in Zambia from October
2010 to August 2011. Her husband and two
young-adult daughters will accompany her.
"My oldest daughter just finished two
years with the Peace Corps in Peru and is
figuring out what to do next," Wagner says.
"My younger daughter just graduated from
college. We all thought, 'Why not go to
Zambia?'" Wagner's family members plan to
find work or service opportunities in Africa.
Wagner believes her experience in
Zambia will help inform the "International
Librarianship" class that she teaches at
St. Kate's. She also hopes to create opportunities
for St. Kate's MLIS students to do
internships or study-abroad programs in
Zambia or southern Africa.
— ANDY STEINER