Magazine article American Libraries

Library Giant Russell Shank Dies

Magazine article American Libraries

Library Giant Russell Shank Dies

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Russell Shank, 86, professor emeritus at the UCLA Graduate School of Education and Information Studies and a renowned leader who made his mark in academic, special, and public librarianship as well as in intellectual freedom and international librarianship, died June 26 of complications from a fall. The 1978-1979 president of the American Library Association had been attending ALA's 2012 Annual Conference in Anaheim for several days before he fell at his home, and was among the library leaders acknowledged at the June 21 Library Champions and Past Presidents Reception.

Shank was UCLA's first-ever vice chancellor for library and information services planning, a post he accepted after having served as university librarian. He came to UCLA from Smithsonian Institution Libraries, where he had been SIL's first director of libraries. He was also on the faculty of Columbia University library school and was assistant university librarian at UC Berkeley.

Shank was 1972-1973 president of the Association of College and Research Libraries and 1968-1969 president of the Information Science and Automation Division (now the Library and Information Technology Association), and received the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award in 1990. …

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