Schwing Lecture Series

The Schwing Library Lecture Series was begun in March, 1965, as the LSU Library Lectures. In 1981, the title was changed to honor Ella V. Schwing (1902-1982), who had sponsored the series since 1966. The lectures served as a source of enrichment for the library community and as a means of highlighting the significant role of libraries in the academic environment.


About Ella V. Aldrich Schwing
Ella V. Aldrich Schwing (1902-1982), librarian and educator, was a distinguished alumna of Louisiana State University. She held an A.B. degree in English and chemistry from LSU, an M.A. in comparative literature from LSU, and a B.S. in library science from Columbia University. In recognition of her many contributions to scholarship, Mrs. Schwing was presented an honorary doctorate in civil law by the University of the South in 1970 and an honorary doctorate in library science by LSU in 1974.

Her professional career included classroom teaching in Louisiana high schools, work as a librarian at LSU, membership in the faculty of the LSU Library School, and leadership of the LSU Department of Books and Libraries of the College of Arts and Sciences. She authored a textbook in user instruction entitled Using Books and Libraries.

Mrs. Schwing was a life member of the American Library Association, a president of the Louisiana Library Association, and a member of the Southwestern Library Association. She was inducted into honorary societies including Phi Kappa Phi, Beta Phi Mu, Theta Sigma Phi, Phi Lambda Pi, and Kappa Delta.

Her service to LSU included membership in the Board of Supervisors, the LSU Foundation, and the Executive Board of Friends of the LSU Library. Mrs. Schwing contributed to education in Louisiana through her work as regional director of the Association of Governing Boards of State Colleges and Universities. She served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Episcopal Radio-TV Foundation and Episcopal High School, the Board of Trustees of the Public Affairs Research Council of Louisiana, Inc., the Board of Trustees of the Baton Rouge Little Theater, the Board of Directors of the Baton Rouge Gallery, and the Board of Directors of the Young Women's Christian Organization.

Chronological List of Schwing Lectures