Franklin A. McEdward Professorship for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives

Franklin McEdward graduated from Oregon State University in 1957 with a degree in electrical engineering. After serving in the U.S. Armed Forces, he joined Boeing in Seattle, where he worked as a test engineer for the remainder of his career.

McEdward had a lifelong love of learning and surrounded himself with books. When he died in May 2007 at age 82, he left $2.6 million—the vast majority of his estate—to Oregon State University. His gift, designated primarily for OSU's Valley Library, established the Franklin A. McEdward Professorship for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives. The gift also funded the McEdward Reading Room in the Valley Library, and a portion supported the College of Engineering, where a lounge in the Kelley Engineering Center bears his name.

Franklin McEdward's gift is the second largest from an individual ever given to the OSU Libraries.


Anne-Marie Deitering

The inaugural holder of the Franklin A. McEdward Professorship for Undergraduate Learning Initiatives is Anne-Marie Deitering, an OSU assistant professor of library science, who is well-known for her research into how today's students learn and access information.

One of the leading stars in her field, Deitering works on the design and delivery of library services for undergraduates. Her research focuses on the intersections of student  engagement and information literacy; and the implications of emerging technologies for student learning, scholarship, and knowledge creation.

"The way students learn today is very different from a few years ago—from multi-tasking and small group learning to online social networking," Deitering said. "That completely changes how students use the library."

Deitering holds a master's degree in American history from Syracuse University, and a master's of library science from Emporia State University.

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