'Deep reading in the digital age' topic of ALCTS President’s Program in San Francisco

For Immediate Release
Mon, 04/06/2015


Keri Cascio

Executive Director


(312) 280-5030


CHICAGO — Dr. Maryanne Wolf, John DiBaggio Professor of Citizenship and Public Service, and director, Center for Reading and Language Research at Tufts University, is the featured speaker at the President’s Program of the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS). The President’s Program will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, June 29, 2015 during the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in San Francisco. 

In this presentation, Dr. Wolf will explore three themes:

1.       the transition from a literary to a digital culture with its concomitant effects on the changing reading brain;

2.       the beauty and the threats of the digital milieu on the next generation of readers; and

3.       the role of stewardship played by libraries in the preservation of "deep reading" in our culture.

Wolf received her doctorate from Harvard University, where she began her work on the neurological underpinnings of reading, language and dyslexia. Her work often addresses the effect of our digital age on our ability to do "deep reading."  She has been awarded a NICHD Shannon award for Innovative Research and several multiyear NICHD grants to investigate new approaches to reading intervention.

The author of over 130 scientific publications, in 2007 Dr. Wolf published "Proust and the Squid: the Story and Science of the Reading Brain," which has received numerous awards and is now translated into 13 languages. Within literacy areas, she serves on the Library of Congress Advisory Committee on Literacy Awards.

ALCTS is the national association for information providers who work in collections and technical services, such as acquisitions, cataloging, metadata, collection management, preservation, electronic and continuing resources. ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.