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Memoir

Rudolph H. Gjelsness
Regents' Proceedings 889

Rudolph H. Gjelsness, the library scientist who has been instrumental in lifting the Department of Library Science of the College of Literature, Science, Memoir and the Arts to a significant place among library schools in the nation, has attained the age of seventy and relinquished his active faculty status. Professor Gjelsness, a native of North Dakota, was graduated from the university of that state in 1916, and after a tour of military duty in England and France, obtained his professional library training at the University of Illinois. In the years following he studied at the University of Oslo, added to his fine knowledge of languages by occasional study here in Ann Arbor, and held professional offices in university libraries in the states of Oregon, California, and Michigan, and in the New York Public Library. At Michigan he directed the recataloging of the University Library according to the Library of Congress system. He returned here as Professor of Library Science in 1937, after a five-year tenure at the University of Arizona. His appointment as Chairman of the Department of Library Science dated from 1940.

During his twenty-four years in the latter office, he presided with tact and understanding over the task of building up a graduate training program in his professional field, and he was rewarded by seeing that program become one of the largest and most highly esteemed in the country. Professor Gjelsness himself was preferred to the presidency of the Association of American Library Schools and to high office in the American Library Association. He further received various awards, including honorary degrees in laws and in letters, from colleges and universities, and was respectfully consulted by librarians throughout the nation and the world. Two accomplishments, which he highly valued were his literary translations from the Norwegian, and his warmly, appreciated teaching and consultation in Latin America.

The Regents of The University of Michigan would on this occasion add their own congratulations and warmest thanks to the many expressions of honor and gratitude, which have been tendered Professor Gjelsness. And they most courteously extend to him all perquisites of the title to which he is now appointed, Professor Emeritus of Library Science.