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25 Years of Serving the Scholarly Community

           See The Exhibition Online, And Order Your Catalog.

The Dibner Library of the History of Science and Technology, part of the =
Smithsonian Institution Libraries, turns 25 this October. To mark the =
anniversary, on Wednesday, October 3, 2001, the Libraries will host a =
half-day of programming in the Carmichael Auditorium of the National =
Museum of American History, Behring Center. The event is free and open to =
the public and is made possible by the generous support of the Dibner =

A symposium begins the afternoon at 1:15 p.m. and is opened by an =
introductory lecture, titled "From Collector to Reader: Bern Dibner and =
History of Science Collections," delivered by noted British rare book =
dealer and scholar Roger Gaskell. Following the talk, a panel, composed of =
scholars and notable scientists and curators from both inside and outside =
the Smithsonian community, debate issues concerning the course of =
contemporary research in the history of science and technology and discuss =
the potential impact of the Smithsonian Libraries' collections on the =
scholarship of the new millennium.=20

The Smithsonian Libraries' annual Dibner Library Lecture follows at 5:00 =
p.m. in the Carmichael Auditorium at the Museum of American History. Owen =
Gingerich, professor of astronomy and the history of science and technology=
 at Harvard University, will speak on "Icons of Understanding: Celebrating =
Bern Dibner's Heralds of Science." The lecture brings to light one of the =
gems in the Smithsonian Libraries' collections. 'The Heralds of Science' =
is a series of 200 books, which collectively represent some of the most =
important contributions to the physical and biological sciences that have =
been issued since the dawn of printing.=20

For further details, please see:=20

Savannah R. Schroll
Smithsonian Institution Libraries
NHB 24mz   MRC 154
Washington, D.C. 20560-0154
Tel: (202) 357-1522
Fax: (202) 786-2866
Email: schrolls@sil.si.edu

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