The McCusker Memorial Lecture is presented annually each fall and celebrates the life and contributions of Sister Lauretta McCusker, O.P., the first dean of Dominican University's Graduate School of Library and Information Science, now the School of Information Studies.

23rd Annual McCusker Memorial Lecture

Thursday, September 19, 2019, 6 p.m.
Eloise Martin Recital Hall
Reception to follow in the Slate Lobby
The Making of the Library of the Year
An in-depth look into LA County Library’s services, the challenges it faces, and the Director’s vision for the future.
Presented by Skye Patrick

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Skye Patrick was appointed LA County Library Director in February 2016. She has held leadership roles at Broward County Library, Queens Public Library, and San Francisco Public Library. Under her leadership, LA County Library was named finalist for the IMLS National Medal in 2018 and 2019, and received three Library Journal awards in a 12-month period: 2018 Marketer of the Year, 2019 Librarian of the Year, and 2019 Library of the Year.

Past McCusker Lectures

  • 2018: James LaRue, director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom
  • 2017: Linda Hofschire, director, Library Research Service, Colorado State Library
  • 2016: Sari Feldman, ALA past president
  • 2015: John Chrastka, executive director of
  • 2014: Howard Besser, professor of cinema studies and the director of the Moving Image Archiving & Preservation Program at NYU's Tisch School for the Arts 
  • 2013: Sister Mary Paynter, O.P., presented "Educational Essentials on the American Frontier" on October 16, 2013
  • 2012: Renowned author and intellectual freedom advocate Sara Paretsky, "Another Turn of the Screw" on October 24, 2012, archived in World Libraries, vol. 20 no.1