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March 16, 2012

Kee Malesky, NPR research librarian speaks at the University of Montevallo

Kee Malesky, National Public Radio’s longest-serving research librarian, will speak on the campus of the University of Montevallo on Monday, April 9, at 3:30 p.m. in the Merchants and Planters Bank Auditorium in Comer Hall. Malesky’s topic will be “Wikis, Wonks and Websites: An NPR Librarian Looks at Today’s Swirling Vortex of Information.”

As part of the NPR team, Malesky checks facts, locates story ideas and experts, performs background research and advises staff on grammar, usage and pronunciation. She also works on special projects for the network and coordinates the NPR library’s internal News Wiki (a wiki is, in simple terms, a website developed and edited by a community of users).

She has authored a book, All Facts Considered: The Essential Library of Inessential Knowledge (Wiley 2010), a collection of uncommon and interesting facts accumulated during a career spanning more than 20 years of research for NPR. From the cause of red hair in humans to the inspiration for George Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue, from the building of a Steinway grand piano to miniscule parasites, Malesky has gathered a mountain of miscellany in an entertaining and informative compendium of information on a wide variety of topics. Copies of the book will be available for purchase, and several copies will be given away as door prizes. The author will be available to sign books after the program.

Free and open to the public, this event is part of the university’s Information Literacy project in conjunction with its Quality Enhancement Plan. For additional information, contact Kristen Gilbert at 665-6445 or by email at

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