Fifty libraries nationwide selected to host Research Revolution film discussion series

Contact: Laura Hayes


For Immediate Release

August 27, 2002

Fifty libraries nationwide selected to host Research Revolution film discussion series

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office, National Video Resources (NVR) and National Science Foundation (NSF) have named 50 public and academic libraries across the country as pilot sites for "Research Revolution: The Laboratory and the Shaping of Modern Life." The "Research Revolution" is a film viewing, reading and discussion series that aims to increase the public's understanding of scientific discovery and technological transformation in the twentieth century.

The libraries selected for the pilot program are (in alphabetical order by state):

  • University of Alabama at Birmingham, Lister Hill Library of the Health Sciences, Birmingham, Ala.
  • Newton County Library, Jasper, Ark.
  • Humboldt State University Library, Arcata, Calif.
  • LaSierra University Library, Riverside, Calif.
  • Denver Public Library, Denver, Colo.
  • Gilpin County Public Library, Gilpin, Colo.
  • Sacred Heart University, Ryan-Matura Library, Fairfield, Conn.
  • Simsbury Public Library, Simsbury, Conn.
  • Howard University Libraries, Founders Library, Washington, D.C.
  • Elsie Quirk Public Library, Englewood, Fla.
  • Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library, Tampa, Fla.
  • West Palm Beach Public Library, West Palm, Fla.
  • DeKalb County Public Library, Decatur, Ga.
  • Chicago State University, Douglas Library, Chicago, Ill.
  • Indian Trails Public Library District, Wheeling, Ill.
  • Poseyville Carnegie Public Library, Poseyville, Ind.
  • Decorah Public Library, Decorah, Iowa
  • Cecil County Public Library, Elkton, Md.
  • Beaman Memorial Public Library & Frances Perkins Branch Library, West Boylston, Mass.
  • Boston Public Library, Boston, Mass.
  • Kettering University Library, Flint, Mich.
  • Wayne State University, Science and Engineering Library, Detroit, Mich.
  • G. Chastain Flynt Memorial Library, Flowood, Miss.
  • St. Louis Community College Library, St. Louis, Mo.
  • Fort Peck Tribal Library, Poplar, Mont.
  • Lincoln County Public Library, Libby, Mont.
  • Wayne State College, Conn Library, Wayne, Neb.
  • Rutgers University Library, New Brunswick, N.J.
  • Crandall Public Library, Glen Falls, N.Y.
  • New York Public Library, New York, N.Y.
  • Olive Free Library Association, West Shokan, N.Y.
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Arts and Sciences Libraries, Buffalo, N.Y.
  • Braswell Memorial Library, Rocky Mount, N.C.
  • Transylvania County Library, Brevard, N.C.
  • University of North Carolina at Wilmington, Randall Library, Wilmington, N.C.
  • North Dakota State University Library, Fargo, N.D.
  • Bowling Green State University, Ogg Science Library, Bowling Green, Ohio
  • Lorain County Community College Library, Elyria, Ohio
  • Tulsa Community College, West Campus Learning Resource, Tulsa, Okla.
  • Beaverton City Library, Beaverton, Ore.
  • Murrysville Community Library, Murrysville, Pa.
  • Madison Public Library, Madison, S.D.
  • University of Memphis, McWherter Library, Memphis, Tenn.
  • University of Texas-Pan American, Edinburg, Texas
  • Loudon County Public Library, Leesburg, Va.
  • Staunton Public Library, Staunton, Va.
  • Williamsburg Regional Library, Williamsburg, Va.
  • King County Library System, Issaquah, Wash.
  • L.D. Fargo Public Library, Lake Mills, Wis.
  • Laramie County Library System, Cheyenne, Wyo.

The libraries selected for the pilot program will host six sessions that include screenings of award-winning documentary films and a scholar-led discussion of the films and related reading materials. Topics covered in the sessions include genetic engineering and ethics, robotics, atomic energy and stewardship of the environment.

Each library will receive a full set of videocassettes to use in the series and to keep as a permanent part of their collection; $1,000 to pay honoraria for local scholars who lead series; support print materials, including a programmer's manual, publicity materials and downloadable handouts for participants; and national publicity for the series as well as a list of potential local co-sponsors. Each library also will have an opportunity to send a team of two people - a library staff person and local scholar - to a one and half day national seminar that will prepare them for leading the series in their local libraries. A seminar for participants in the eastern part of the country will be held November 15 and 16 in Baltimore, Md., and another one for western sites will be held on October 18 and 19 in Denver, Colo.

The "Research Revolution" is organized by NVR in collaboration with ALA's Public Programs Office and with major support from the NSF.

The ALA Public Programs Office fosters cultural programming by libraries of all types. Established in 1990, the office helps thousands of libraries nationwide develop and host programs that encourage dialogue among community members and works to establish libraries as cultural centers in their communities. For more information about the "Research Revolution," please visit