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UNT/SLIS at UNESCO
SLIS Alum Robert Martin (third from right) with President Bush at September 2003 signing ceremony
reauthorizing the Institute of Museum and Library Services at which Martin serves as Director.
After an absence of almost twenty years, on
September 29, 2003, the United States formally
rejoined the United Nations Educational,
Scientific and Cultural Organization
(UNESCO). UNT/SLIS alum Robert Martin
(MLS '79), Director of the U.S. Institute of
Museum and Library Services, was a member
of the official U.S. delegation to UNESCO for
the occasion. First Lady Laura Bush served as
Honorary Chair of the Delegation to the
UNESCO General Conference.
As a Senior Delegate, Martin participated
in all of the activities surrounding the event,
including a ceremonial flag-raising at the
UNESCO headquarters and a reception at the
residence of the U.S. Ambassador. He also had
the opportunity to participate as the U.S. rep-
resentative in a UNESCO Ministerial Round
Table "Toward Knowledge Societies." High-
ranking government officials from over seventy
countries participated in the Round Table.
Dr. Martin spoke at a session on "Cultural
Policies in Knowledge Societies," chaired by
Sari Bermudez, President of Mexico's National
Council for Culture and the Arts. The other
speaker in the session was Jean-Jacques
Allegon, the French Minister of Culture.
Martin shared his vision of a truly inclusive
information society. "We know that today, in
the United States, we must be more than an
information society; we must be a learning
society. And that is why the Institute for
Museum and Library Services is dedicated to
creating and sustaining a nation of learners."
Martin also participated in a working
group that drafted the ministerial communique
issued by the Round Table. The communique
outlines a set of basic guiding principles for the
development of equitable knowledge societies
as an aid to political leaders in their decisions
in general and in preparing for the World
Summit on the Information Society, held in
Geneva in December 2003. The communique
includes a statement highlighting the role of
libraries and museums noting, "Libraries,
archives, and museums and the professions
which permit them to function, are at the
heart of knowledge societies, and should be
strongly supported and promoted within
For additional information on the
UNESCO Ministerial Round Table, see: http://
MELODY KELLY RECEIVES ALA AWARD
Melody Kelly, associate dean,
UNT Libraries, has received
notice that she is the 2004
recipient of the Bernardine
Abbott Hoduski Founders
Award from American Library
Documents Round Table
(GODORT). "The award recognizes individuals
who have made significant contributions
to the field of state, international, local
or Federal documents, contributions
whose impact while not at the national
level, have benefited not only the candi-
date's institution but also the profession."
GODORT will present the award
during the ALA conference in Orlando,
Florida in summer 2004.
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