Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

In Memoriam

Academic journal article Information Technology and Libraries

In Memoriam

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Most of the snail mail I receive as editor consists of advertisements and press releases from various firms providing IT and other services to libraries. But a few months ago a thin, hand-addressed envelope, postmarked Pittsburgh with no return address, landed on my desk. Inside were two slips of paper clipped from a recent issue of ITAL and taped together. On one was my name and address; the other was a mailing label for Jean A. Guasco of Pittsburgh, an ALA Life Member and ITAL subscriber. Beside her name, in red felt-tip pen, someone had written simply "DECEASED."

I wondered about this for some time. Who was Ms. Guasco? Where had she worked, and when? Had she published or otherwise been active professionally? If she was a Life Member of ALA, surely it would be easy to find out more.

It turns out that such is not the case, the wonders of the Internet notwithstanding. My obvious first stop, Google, yielded little other than a brief notice of her death in a Pittsburgh-area newspaper and an entry from a digitized September 1967 issue of Special Libraries that identified her committee assignment in the Special Libraries Assocation and the fact that she was at the time the chief librarian at McGraw-Hill, then located in New York. …

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