Banned books week lecture

Associated Press


Penn State Shenango will begin its 2016-17 faculty lecture series with Matthew Ciszek, head librarian of the campus’ Lartz Memorial Library, who will speak at 7 p.m. Sept. 26 in Sharon Hall Room 105, on Penn Avenue, downtown.

Ciszek’s lecture is titled “Intellectual Freedom: What Is It and Why Is It Important?” The event, which is free and open to the public, is part of the library’s celebration of Banned Books Week, Sept. 25-Oct. 1. The week is a nationwide event highlighting the freedom to read and all Americans’ right to intellectual freedom.

In addition to the lecture, a display of banned or challenged books will be in the library, which is at 177 Vine Ave., and literature and information about intellectual freedom will available from the library throughout the week.

Banned Books Week is an annual event created by the American Library Association and brings together the entire book community to support of the freedom to seek and express ideas, even those some consider unorthodox or unpopular. More information can be found at

Ciszek has been the head librarian at the Shenango campus since 2007. In 2013, he received the University Libraries Diversity Award and is active in the American Library Association and various LGBT organizations.

Ciszek authored a chapter in the 2014 book “Rethinking Reference for Academic Libraries: Innovative Developments and Future Trends on Serving the LGBT Community in Academic Libraries.”

He also has published articles and book chapters on creating web-based resources for the LGBT community in academic libraries, collection assessment for diversity, and his experiences as an openly gay library administrator.

For information, call 724-983-2825.

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