November 5, 2015 3:00pm — 4:00pm

Explore Chicago Collections: Public Launch Event


Join us in Celebration

WhEN:  Thursday, November 5, 2015, 3:00 p.m.

What:  In conversation with Chicago Tribune reporter and WGN radio host Rick Kogan, Donald J. Waters, senior program officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and Chicago's own Alderman Edward M. Burke, will discuss the magic and importance of collaboration and keeping Chicago archives and collections accessible in the digital age. You'll also be led through an exclusive digital tour of Explore Chicago Collections that will show you the power of this new tool.

WhERE:  Chicago Public Library's Harold Washington Library Center,
Cindy Pritzker Auditorium, 400 S. State Street

WhO:  This event is free and open to the public.


DonaldDJW small photo.jpg J. Waters is the Senior Program Officer for Scholarly Communications at The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Before joining the Foundation, he served as the first Director of the Digital Library Federation (1997-1999), and as Associate University Librarian at Yale University (1993-1997). Waters graduated with a Bachelor's degree in American Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park in 1973. In 1982, he received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Yale University. In 1995-96, he co-chaired the Task Force of the Commission on Preservation and Access and the Research Libraries Group on Archiving of Digital Information.  In 2005-2008, Waters served on the Library of Congress Section 108 Study Group.  He currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Coalition for Networked Information, and is a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science.

EMB Photo.jpgEdward M. Burke is the Dean of the Chicago City Council and has served as Alderman of Chicago's 14th Ward for more than three-and-a-half decades. A recognized expert on city budget matters, Alderman Burke is the Chairman of the City Council Committee on Finance.
A master parliamentarian, Alderman Burke entered politics by following in the footsteps of his father, Joseph P., and became Democratic Committeeman of the 14th Ward in 1968 and Alderman in 1969. Alderman Burke was a Chicago Police Officer, serving from 1965 to 1968. Throughout his career in public life, Alderman Burke has been an avid student of Chicago history and is the co-author of two books, Inside the Wigwam: Chicago Presidential Conventions, 1860-1996; and End of Watch. He is a partner in the law firm of Klafter & Burke and is involved in many civic and charitable organizations. A lifelong resident of the Southwest Side, Alderman Burke graduated from Quigley Preparatory Seminary in 1961 and earned his Bachelor's Degree from DePaul University in 1965. He received his Juris Doctor Degree from DePaul University College of Law in 1968 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar that same year.

rickkogan-courtesyofrickkogan-magnum.jpgBorn and raised and still living in Chicago, Rick Kogan has worked for the Chicago Daily News, Chicago Sun-Times and the Chicago Tribune, where he is currently a senior writer and columnist. Named Chicago's Best Reporter in 1999 and inducted into the Chicago Journalism Hall of Fame in 2003, he is currently a host of “After Hours with Rick Kogan” on WGN-AM720. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including "Everybody Pays: Two Men, One Murder and the Price of Truth" (with Maurice Possley), "America's Mom: The Life, Lessons and Legacy of Ann Landers," "A Chicago Tavern," the history of the Billy Goat, and "Sidewalks I" and "Sidewalks II," collections of his columns and the work of photographer Charles Osgood.

Read more about the release of Explore Chicago Collections.