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Memoir

Russell E. Bidlack
Regents' Proceedings 313

Russell E. Bidlack, Dean of the School of Library Science, will retire from his active duties as of June 30, 1985. He had directed the school from the time of its establishment as a separate unit.

After completing his baccalaureate degree at Simpson College in his native state of Iowa, Dean Bidlack took four degrees at The University of Michigan, earning the Ph. D. degree in Library Science in 1954. He joined the Michigan faculty as a pre-doctoral instructor in what was at that time the Department of Library Science, becoming a professor of library science in 1965 and acting chairman of the department in 1967. In 1969, following a national search, he was named dean of the new School of Library Science.

Widely published in the field of librarianship, Dean Bidlack is an acknowledged authority on professional accreditation in that field. He served as chair of the American Library Association's committee on accreditation, as well as of a subcommittee charged with the writing of the present standards for accreditation in library education. He continues to be sought as a consultant to such programs throughout North America.

He has been honored by his colleagues with the highest awards the profession has to offer, including the Beta Phi Mu Award for Distinguished Service to Education for Librarianship, the, Melvil Dewey Medal for Recent Creative Professional Achievement of a High Order, and the Joseph W. Lippincott Award for Notable Achievement in Librarianship.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator and administrator by naming him Dean Emeritus and Professor Emeritus of Library Science.