Library Marks Four Decades with Celebration

Posted in: G-Town News- Oct 29, 2010 No Comments

The Joseph Mark Lauinger Memorial Library began celebrating its 40th anniversary Oct. 28 and announced the publication of a three-volume history of Georgetown.

Robert Emmett Curran, an emeritus professor of history, authored “A History of Georgetown University.”

He said he relied heavily on the library’s special collections to write the books, which cover Georgetown from its inception in 1789.

“The book is an exhaustive study of Georgetown’s rise from a small college of the Potomac to our position today, as a truly global university,” said President John J. DeGioia.

Provide and Preserve

Artemis Kirk, university librarian, thanked Curran and other friends of the library for their contributions to the library’s success over the years.

“Lauinger Library will continue to provide and preserve extraordinary collections, in all formats, for our users and for posterity,” she said.

Attending the celebration were members of the Lauinger family and former members of the Georgetown Chimes, an a capella group whose endowment has continued to benefit the library.

The Lauinger family provided the support for the library, which was dedicated in 1970 to Joseph Mark Lauinger, a 1967 alumnus who died in Vietnam.

A Room No One Owns

In a lecture titled, “Beacons of Learning: Georgetown University and Lauinger Library” English professor John Glavin (C’64) talked about the years he spent studying and writing in the library over the past four decades.

“Virginia Woolf insisted that all writers need a room of one’s own,” he said. “But she was talking about those who write fiction. Scholarship flourishes in a room no one owns, because scholarship reflects not the searcher but the search.”

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