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Backstage: The Future of Libraries: Bruno Racine & Paul LeClerc

April 29, 2011

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Paul LeClerc, a scholar of the French Enlightenment, retired from his position as president of the New York Public Library in June 2011, where he served admirably from 1993.

To mark his departure, Paul LeClerc is joined by Bruno Racine, president of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France, for a wide-ranging conversation about the future of libraries in the digital age moderated by Paul Holdengräber.

The event was co-sponsored by the Maison Française of Columbia University.

PAUL LECLERC earned his Ph.D. in French literature with distinction at Columbia University. He taught at Union College from 1966 through 1979, joined CUNY as University Dean for Academic Affairs, and later became Provost and VP for Academic Affairs of Baruch College. In 1988, Dr. LeClerc was appointed President of Hunter College. He presided over the New York Public Library from 1993 to 2011.

BRUNO RACINE is president of the Bibliothèque Nationale de France. His previous positions include cabinet appointments in the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Prime Minister's office, Director of the French Academy in Rome, and President of the Centre Georges-Pompidou.

PAUL HOLDENGRÄBER is Director of LIVE from the NYPL.