Engaging Conversations to Benefit Faculty, Students, and Alumni
Each year the UNC Greensboro Department of Information, Library, and Research Sciences (ILRS), 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.
Information, Library, and Research Sciences (ILRS) Department
Address: School of Education Building, Room 446
1300 Spring Garden St. Greensboro, NC 27412
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.