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An abstract of this interview is available below. A transcription is available for download above and to the right. An essay summarizing themes that emerged from interviews conducted about Myers in 2016 is available: Portrait of a Collector: Reflections on an Influential Bibliophile.

This interview subject is affiliated with IWU and/or President Myers in the following ways: Class of 1968, Distinguished Alumna 1998, past president of American Library Association.


Ford remembers Myers as being the key person to getting The Ames Library built and that in and of itself has had a major impact on IWU. She remarks on Myers' commitment to books as physical objects and reflects on research that supports "book as artifact" as still being popular among today's students; however, her own teaching experience shows otherwise. Ford affirms that there is a place for both, and that an emphasis on the quality and relevance of the source is more important than the format.

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libraries, library importance, Phi Beta Kappa, auction, special collections, book as artifact, Portrait of a Collector, Alumni, Librarian


United States History