August 14, 2017

Remembering Ray Lyons

It is with great sadness that I report the untimely passing on May 14, 2017, of Ray Lyons, my collaborator in the creation of the Library Journal Index of Public Library Service and my coauthor for the annual November cover story on the nation’s Star Libraries.

Remembering Kevin Starr, CA State Librarian

California state librarian emeritus Kevin Starr was a larger-than-life character, who filled a room with his presence and distinctively booming voice. He was also a brilliant raconteur and highly respected expert on California history. When he died on January 14, librarians across the state not only mourned the loss of an important library spokesperson, many also paid tribute to a mentor who was both a scholar and a gentleman.

Obituary: Eric Moon, Former ALA President and LJ Editor-in-Chief

Eric Edward Moon, who served as editor-in-chief of Library Journal for nine years (1959-1968) died on July 31 in Sarasota, FL at the age of 93. He was hugely influential in American librarianship for four decades, at LJ, as President of the American Library Association (ALA), and as chief editor at Scarecrow Press.

Library Freedom Fighter Zoia Horn Remembered

Activist librarian Zoia Markovna Horn died on July 12 at the age 96. She was famous for being the first U.S. librarian to be jailed for refusing to divulge information that violated professional principles of privacy and intellectual freedom. An activist member of the American Library Association (ALA) and a member and chair of its Intellectual Freedom Committee, Horn was jailed for 20 days for contempt after refusing to testify in the 1972 conspiracy trial of the “Harrisburg Seven.”

Ernie DiMattia: A Remembrance

Ernest A. DiMattia Jr., president of Stamford, CT’s Ferguson Library, where he had worked since 1976, died of cancer on June 26 at the age of 74. Alice Knapp, Director of User Services at the Ferguson Library, shares some of her memories of him with LJ below.

Walter Dean Myers, Award-Winning Author and Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, Passes at 76

Walter Dean Myers, beloved and deeply respected children’s author, whose books include Sunrise Over Fallujah and Monster, died on July 1 following a brief illness. He was 76 years old.

Eliza T. Dresang, Author and Noted Professor of Library Science, Dies at 72

Dresang, the Beverly Cleary Professor in Children and Youth Services at the University of Washington Information School, was known for her influential book about children’s literature, ‘Radical Change: Books for Youth in a Digital Age.’

Ray Bradbury, Science-Fiction Writer and Library Fan, Dies at 91

Famed science-fiction writer Ray Bradbury, who published more than 500 works—including the often banned Fahrenheit 451—died peacefully June 5 after a long illness. He was 91. Bradbury referred to himself as a “hybrid author,” with his works ranging from humorous and sympathetic stories to horror and mysteries. “I am completely in love with movies, and […]