[Asis-l] E.J.Josey Honored
rhill at asis.org
Tue May 28 12:47:34 EDT 2002
April 5, 2002 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Ron Cichowicz
[412/624-4007; cich+ at pitt.edu]
American Library Association Bestows Highest Honor
On Pitt Professor
PITTSBURGH E.J. Josey, emeritus professor of library and information
science in the University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences
(SIS), recently was named an honorary member of the American Library
Association (ALA). Josey was the first male African American president of
the ALA and was instrumental in integrating library associations in the 1960s.
According to the ALA, honorary membership may be conferred on a living
citizen of any country whose contribution to librarianship or a closely
related field is so outstanding that it is of lasting importance to the
advancement of the whole field of library service. By earning this honor,
Josey joins such notable individuals as Jimmy Carter, Oprah Winfrey, Bill
Gates, Barbara Bush, and Andrew Carnegie.
Josey joined the University of Pittsburgh in 1986 and taught the initial
Libraries and Librarianship in Society course for the Department of Library
and Information Science. He retired from the University in 1995.
Josey earned the Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Howard University,
the Master of Arts degree in history from Columbia University, and the
Master of Science degree in library science from the State University of
New York at Albany. He also has had four honorary degrees conferred upon
him, as well as numerous professional, academic, and community honors. He
was president of the American Library Association (ALA) in 1984-85, was a
member of its council for 30 years, and received its most coveted honor,
the Joseph W. Lippincott Award.
A prolific speaker and writer, Josey has authored more than 400 articles
and has written or edited 12 books on library and information science.
Upon Josey's retirement from Pitt, The E.J. Josey Endowment Scholarship for
Minorities was created in his honor; it is awarded annually to an enrolled
African American graduate student in the Department of Library and
Information Science who demonstrates potential for academic excellence and
leadership. The ALA's Black Caucus established its first independent
scholarship, the E.J. Josey Scholarship Award, in his honor; it is given
annually to an African American from the United States or Canada pursuing a
degree in an ALA-accredited library and information science program.
Pitt's School of Information Sciences celebrated its centennial in
2001. Originally part of the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, the school
moved to the University of Pittsburgh in 1962. The SIS faculty, staff,
students, and programsinterdisciplinary, multicultural, and international
by designare dedicated to the building of a global society and an informed
citizenship based upon the foundation of knowledge made possible only
through access to reliable and useful information. As a result of Josey
and the School's Affirmative Action Committee, SIS received the
Chancellor's Affirmative Action Award in 2001 honoring the "outstanding
University of Pittsburgh program area or individual that has made a
significant contribution in affirmative action."
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