Follett Chair

Mary Minow, A.M.L.S., J.D., has accepted the appointment as the holder of the Dominican University Graduate School of Library and Information Science Follett Chair.

This prestigious appointment is the highest academic honor bestowed upon a master researcher and scholar who has achieved renown in the profession. The Follett Chair is selected for his or her outstanding teaching ability and superior scholarly achievement. The holder of the Follett Chair teaches in the GSLIS and delivers the annual Follett Lecture, among other responsibilities.

During her appointment at Dominican University, Ms. Minow will teach courses in the PhD and Master’s programs, pursue research and development related to new ebook models for libraries and library legal issues, such as Intellectual Property, Intellectual Freedom, Americans with Disabilities Act, Public records, and Privacy Law. In addition, she will be working to expand continuing education offerings to the library community.

Recently confirmed by the United States Senate as a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board (IMLS), Ms. Minow is currently a consultant, lecturer, author, and former librarian and library trustee. Her specialty is consulting on library legal issues for libraries nationwide. With a career emphasis on Intellectual Freedom, Ms. Minow was the first recipient of the California Library Association’s Zoia Horn Intellectual Freedom Award.

Ms. Minow manages the Stanford Copyright and Fair Use website and founded the Library Law blog. She serves on the board of the Electronic Privacy Information Center, as well as the board of the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is co-author with Tomas Lipinski of The Library’s Legal Answer Book.

Ms. Minow received her law degree from Stanford University with an emphasis on library law issues and her AMLS from the University of Michigan, where she received the coveted Margaret Mann Award for Professional Promise. Her bachelor’s degree was earned at Brown University.

The Follett Chair is endowed through a gift from the Follett Corporation, a leading provider of educational solutions, services and products that empower schools, libraries, colleges, students and lifelong learners.