Lecture designed to shed light on public libraryPublished 10:00am Tuesday, October 23, 2012
The Austin Public Library is coming up with new ways to browse the books.
In the latest of its Dewey Lectures, the library will host Dr. Edward Hinchcliffe Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. to speak on research and scientific discoveries.
Hinchcliffe’s speech, “How Big Results Can Come From Strange Experiments — Sea Urchins, Squid, Frogs, and Jelly Fish — Finding the Clues to Human Disease in Model Organisms,” is one of several lectures designed to get local people of interest speaking to residents on topics they could find in the library.
“We’ve been playing around with the idea of the Dewey lectures for some time, and this is a connection that we happen to have in the community,” said Ann Hokanson, the library’s executive director.
Hokanson said just as the Dewey Decimal Classification system of library cataloguing spans the “breadth of human knowledge,” the talks are designed to offer people a different way to learn about interesting topics.
“We have a wealth of information from fascinating people in town,” Hokanson said.
Hinchcliffe will speak in the library’s large meeting room.