Education Students to Participate in Videoconference With Hillary Clinton

Feb. 20, 1998

WACO, Texas -- Baylor University, nationally renowned for its distance learning initiatives, will be the only university in the United States to participate in a videoconference with First Lady Hillary Clinton as she inaugurates the new National First Ladies Library web site. Taking part for Baylor in the videoconference, which is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. on Monday in room 139 of the Draper Academic Building, will be students from the School of Education.

Clinton will be the first person to access the library's comprehensive, annotated, bibliographic database of more than 40,000 selected books, manuscripts, journals, articles and audio-visual materials concerning American first ladies. Also participating in the videoconference will be children of U.S. servicemen stationed at R.A.F. Lakenheath in England, students of the Model Secondary School for the Deaf in Washington, D.C., and students in Canton, Ohio, which is home of the library.

According to Edith Mayo, curator emeritus of the Smithsonian Institution and the library's executive adviser, the public has an enormous interest in the first ladies and their developing political roles and contributions. However, scholarly information and primary source materials on these women have not been available from a single source. The library's database, the only complete bibliography in existence on the first ladies, will provide that central starting point for first lady research and will be updated each January.

The library's books, documents and audiotapes will be housed in the childhood home of Ida Saxton McKinley, the 20th first lady. All the first ladies who are living serve as honorary chairpersons of the library.

For more information on the videoconference, contact Dr. Betty Jo Monk, associate professor of educational administration and associate dean for administrative programs in Baylor's School of Education, at 710-6100

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