Cora Paul Bomar Summit

Sponsored by: The UNC Greensboro Department of Library and Information Science (LIS)

Each year the UNC Greensboro Department of Library and Information Science organizes a summit to fulfill the mission of Cora Paul Bomar’s generous endowment. The Cora Paul Bomar Lecture Fund was endowed in 2002 with the expressed purpose of bringing speakers of note to UNC Greensboro on an annual basis for the benefit of faculty, students, and alumni. 

Past speakers have included David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States; Carol Tilley, University of Illinois; Lauren Pressley, University of Washington; Mary Scanlon, Wake Forest University; Douglas Boyd, University of Kentucky; Alex London, author; Sharon McQueen, historian of children’s literature; and Wanda Kay Brown, past president of the American Library Association and director of the C. G. O’Kelly Library at Winston-Salem State University.

Friday, April 8, 2022; 10-2pm

Keynote Speaker: Marcellus Turner

Director of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Presentation title:

“The Socially-Conscious Library: a Value, a Challenge and a Charge”


Click HERE to register! Registration closes March 31, 2022.

There is no cost to attend this event, and lunch is included, but please consider making a donation to our program!

  1. Please go to this link.
  2. Once at the link above, make a donation ($20 suggested), and for designation, select “Library & Information Studies Enrichment Fund.”
  3. IMPORTANT: Make sure you have selected “Library & Information Studies Enrichment Fund” as your designation!
  4. In the gift comments section, please only write “For LIS Enrichment Fund” and nothing else.
  5. You will receive an email from UNCG confirming your donation. Thank you! Please note that this is a non-refundable donation and not a payment. If your plans change, or if the conference moves online, then a refund will not be possible.


Friday, April 8, 2022

10:00 – 11:30 Marcellus Turner, keynote speaker: “The Socially-Conscious Library: a Value, a Challenge and a Charge”

11:30 – 11:45 Kovacs Award presentation

11:45 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:00 Noah Lenstra: “Public health and public librarianship: Learning and serving together”

Speaker Bio

Marcellus “MT” Turner, Chief Executive Officer/Chief Librarian

With a storied career of opportunities, experiences and learned lessons working in libraries, Marcellus “MT” Turner wants all who meet him to know his passion for libraries as both institutions and community information centers. A highly esteemed orator and guest lecturer, MT started his new role as CEO and Chief Librarian of Charlotte Mecklenburg Library in April 2021.

MT earned his master’s degree in library science from the University of Tennessee and a bachelor’s degree from Mississippi University for Women.

Wonder what sparks joy for MT outside of libraries? Sharing his views and vision on the future of libraries and how social consciousness can become a rallying cry at local, state, national and international conferences.

In his spare time, MT is an avid reader who enjoys going to the movies, having dinner out with friends and traveling. 

Noah Lenstra

Dr. Noah Lenstra is an Assistant Professor of Library and Information Science in the School of Education at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro where he brings a community engagement approach to the study and teaching of public libraries. Notably, Noah founded the Let’s Move in Libraries Initiative, which focuses on supporting healthy living in public libraries. The project was inspired by Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative, which focused on increasing Healthy Eating and Active Living (HEAL) among Americans. Let’s Move in Libraries continues Obama’s legacy by working to increase physical activity and nutrition through libraries in the U.S., Canada, and other places in the world.

Venue & Parking


This event will take place at UNC Greensboro. Greensboro is a small city, with a population of approximately 288,000 people. UNC Greensboro is in the center of Greensboro and is home to about 20,000 students.

Presentation venue: The event is in Room 510 of the UNCG Nursing & Instructional Building

UNCG Nursing & Instructional Building, 1007 Walker Avenue Greensboro, NC 27412. Please see the map and parking information below.

The $105 million Nursing and Instructional Building is a 180,000-square-foot facility and serves as the new, state-of-the-art home of the School of Nursing. It houses new laboratories and classrooms for the School of Health and Human Sciences and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry.


The closest parking is in the McIver Street Parking Deck (200 McIver Street) off Market Street behind the UNCG School of Music. Here are walking directions from the deck to the Nursing Building. A pass for free parking will be provided at the event.

Parking is also available off of Tate Street and surrounding streets.

To learn more about parking on UNC Greensboro’s campus, please visit the Visitor/Guest Parking Options webpage.

Three parking decks are open to visitors on a space available, pay by hour basis. All three decks are $2 first hour and $1 for each consecutive hour. $10 day/entry maximum. All decks accept cash, Visa, and MasterCard at Exit Express machines:

  • McIver Street Parking Deck
    • On the north side of campus near the School of Music and Sullivan Science.
  • Oakland Avenue Parking Deck
    • On the south side of campus, visible from Spring Garden Street and accessible from Kenilworth Street and Oakland Ave. Oakland Deck is attended weekdays during fall and spring semesters.
  • Walker Avenue Parking Deck
    • Accessible from Walker Avenue, Stirling Street, and Theta Street. An attendant is available at Walker Deck most of the time (24 hours a day) except holidays and breaks.

Exit Express is a fast and convenient way to pay for deck parking. Please note that Exit Express stations accept cash, Visa, and Mastercard. To utilize Exit Express:

  • Pull an entry ticket when entering the deck and keep it with you, being careful not to bend or lose it.
  • When you are ready to leave campus, walk to the EXIT EXPRESS pay station.
  • Insert your entry ticket into the machine and pay the amount due.
  • Take your validated ticket and walk to your vehicle.
  • Drive to Level 1 or Level 2 exit gate (depending on the deck) and insert your validated ticket into the exit gate card reader to exit. The gate will raise automatically.



The Office of Accessibility Resources & Services produces a Campus Accessibility Map with clearly marked accessible routes for the UNC Greensboro campus. 


If you have questions about the UNC Greensboro policy for guide animals, trained assistance animals, emotional support animals, and pet animals on campus groups and in campus facilities, please refer to Animals on Campus webpage. 

Previous Event Materials

Click on the links below to review materials from previous Cora Paul Bomar Summit sessions.


Cora Paul Bomar was born in Memphis, Tennessee on September 8, 1913 and died in Greensboro, North Carolina on March 18, 2008 at the age of 94. She began her career as a teacher in rural Tennessee in 1932 and eventually became a leader and advocate for school libraries. Bomar was the recipient of numerous honors and awards on both the regional and national level. A strong advocate for libraries, she testified before the United States House of Representatives and Senate committees on six occasions. President Lyndon B. Johnson invited her to attend the signing of pro-library legislation in 1964. Bomar served as president of the American Association of School Librarians from 1963-1964. In 1966 she was appointed the first director of North Carolina’s Division of Educational Media. School libraries and school media programs grew tremendously under her direction and at the time of her departure in 1969, virtually every secondary and primary school in North Carolina had a central library. In 1969, Cora Paul Bomar joined the faculty of the Library Science and Technology department at UNC Greensboro where she remained until her retirement in 1979. Bomar spent her retirement years in Greensboro, North Carolina where she remained actively involved with University and community arts and library organizations.


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UNC Greensboro Department of Library and Information Science
Phone: 336.334.3477
Location: School of Education Building
Address: PO Box 26170
Greensboro, NC 2740