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Memoir

Rose Vainstein
Regents' Proceedings 538

Professor Rose Vainstein has been on retirement furlough since January 1, 1982, and will retire from the University on December 31, 1982. Professor Vainstein joined The University of Michigan faculty with the rank of Professor in 1968. In 1974 she was appointed to the University's first named professorship in library science honoring Margaret Mann, a member of the School's initial faculty in 1926. Professor Vainstein took her undergraduate degree (A.B.) at Miami University (Ohio) where she was elected an alumnus member of Phi Beta Kappa in 1976. She earned her first degree in library science (B.L.S.) at Western Reserve University in 1942 and her master's degree at the University of Illinois in 1952.

Professor Vainstein's primary area of expertise in the Library School's curriculum has been that of public librarianship. In addition, she taught the School's basic course in library administration and its doctoral seminar in library education. A popular, though demanding teacher, she is the recipient of dozens of letters from former students testifying to the excellence of the instruction received in her classes and seminars. Prior to joining the faculty, she had gained valuable experience in the public library field (from 1964 until 1968 she directed the Bloomfield Township Public Library in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan). She was a member of the faculty of the School of Librarianship, University of British Columbia (1961-64) and Public Library Specialist with the U.S. Office of Education (1957-61). She aslo held positions of leadership in the Cuyahoga, Ohio, County Library; the Brooklyn, New York, Public Library; the Contra Costa County Library in California; the California State Library; and the Gary Public Library in Indiana. Her honors while a member of The University of Michigan faculty include the Women's Research Club 75th Anniversary Award in 1978.

Professor Vainstein's Michigan presence has brought distinction to both the University and the School of Library Science. Long active in professional association work at both the state and national levels, she has chaired numerous committees of the American Library Association and was a member of that organization's governing body (the A.L.A. Council) from 1956 to 1960 and again from 1974 to 1978. She chaired the Public Library Association's Goals, Guidelines, and Standards Committee from 1971 to 1974, helping to provide that association's membership with revised directions for community service. She is the author of some fifty articles and monographs in professional publications.

The Regents now salute this accomplished scholar and educator by naming her Margaret Mann Professor Emeritus of Library Science.