Linda Crismond, executive director of the American Library Association, and nationally syndicated columnist Jack Anderson will be the keynote speakers during the Utah Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services, Feb. 28 through March 1.
The three-day conference will be held at the Salt Lake Hilton. The conference is an ambitious attempt to bring Utahns from all walks of life together to discuss the state's information needs and priorities. It is a follow-up to a similar conference held in 1979.Crismond's address will be given at the dinner opening the conference. The American Library Association is the oldest and largest association of professional librarians in the world with 50,000 members and a staff of 260 at its Chicago headquarters. The ALA also maintains offices in Washington and Connecticut.
Crismond is a California native and a graduate of the University of California. She began her career in 1965 at the San Francisco Public Library where she developed the first automated serials control program in the nations. In 1973 she joined the library staff at the University of Southern California. She became director of the Los Angeles Public Library in 1981.
Anderson, who will address the topic "The News Behind the Headlines," is scheduled to speak March 1. The Pulitzer Prize winning columnist is a Utah native and has been involved with the "Washington Merry-Go-Round" column originated by Drew Pearson since 1947. In 1965 he began sharing by-lines with the famed Pearson and subsequently took over the column following Pearson's death in 1969.