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WRBG Annual Meeting with Dr. Nancy Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Libraries

May 21, 2019 @ 11:30 am - 2:00 pm




Invites you to join us for lunch and a talk by

Dr. Nancy Gwinn, Director of the Smithsonian Libraries,


The Secrets of the Smithsonian


Tuesday, May 21st, 2019 at the Busboys and Poets “U Street Corridor” location at 14th and V Streets NW, (2021 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009,) at 11:30 a.m.


Our speaker, Nancy E. Gwinn, PhD, has been at the Smithsonian Libraries for 35 years, serving as Director since 1997.  She is a recognized leader in international librarianship and in building collaborations and partnerships, serving on the governing board of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA, 2004-2009) and chairing various sections.


A former Fulbright scholar at the University of Oxford in England, Gwinn holds a doctorate in American civilization from George Washington University, a Master’s in library science from the University of Michigan, and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Wyoming, which also awarded her an honorary doctorate in 2013.


At the Smithsonian, during her tenure the Libraries grew to 21 branches, initiated the international digital Biodiversity Heritage Library, and participated in a major capital campaign.  Nancy will speak on “The Secrets of the Smithsonian.”  Variously referred to as the “Nation’s Attic” or “Octopus on the Mall,” the Institution is 173 years old and has become the world’s largest museum complex, comprising 19 museums, 21 research libraries, and the National Zoo.  Dr. Gwinn will share some of its fascinating stories.


Important agenda item:  The lunch will also constitute the Group’s Annual Meeting, including the election of officers for the coming year.  We welcome self-nominations from the membership for the Executive Board.  If you are interested in serving, please submit your name to Bill or Amanda.  If you are not interested in being an officer, but would like to help with programming, we welcome your assistance.  We meet as a group a few times a year to discuss and arrange programs.

The event will begin with a cash bar at 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch at 12:00 noon.  The cost of the lunch will be $25.00.


Please RSVP and pay through our online system. If you have any problems, please email us at washingtonrarebookgroup@gmail.com .


William E. Baxter


Washington Rare Book Group


Busboys and Poets is located at 2021 14th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009. Directions to Busboys and Poets via Metrorail: The closest Metro station is the U Street/African American Civil War Memorial/Cardozo station, accessible from the Yellow and Green Lines. It is a five minute walk from the station to Busboys and Poets. Head west on U Street, NW, toward 13th Street, NW. Then turn right onto 14th Street, NW. We’re on the right.


P.S. -Have you paid your 2019 dues yet ($30.00)?  If you have, thank you! If not, please include them with your payment for lunch.


May 21, 2019
11:30 am - 2:00 pm


Bus Boys and Poets
2021 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009 United States


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