A biography and festschrift of Prof. Arlene G. Taylor is published in the Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog. It is available at the below link.

URL: https://www.librarianshipstudies.com/2020/07/arlene-g-taylor.html

Abstract: Biography and festschrift of Prof. Arlene G. Taylor. It can be divided into three parts: 1) Introductory Video, 2) Biography Part, 3) Festschrift Part

1. Introductory Video:

A 4-minute video highlighting the life and contributions of Dr. Taylor. This video is included at the top of the biography. It is also available separately on YouTube at https://youtu.be/Ls_NUy-bcZQ

2. Biography Part:

Dr. Arlene G. Taylor (born December 22, 1941) is Professor Emerita from the School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh, where she taught for 12 years prior to retiring, and holds an honorary appointment as a Distinguished Adjunct Professor at University of North Carolina School of Information and Library Science. Her career as a library school educator lasted more than 30 years, and included teaching at Columbia University and the University of Chicago.

She is lead author or co-author of widely-used texts, including Introduction to Cataloging and Classification (6th to 11th editions) and The Organization of Information (four editions). She has an extensive publication record of refereed articles, books and book chapters, and research reports, and she has given more than 90 guest presentations for national, state, and regional library associations, as well as library schools.

Taylor's international activities include serving as a workshop leader, teacher, and/or consultant in Brazil, England, Thailand, and Israel. For her work in the latter two countries, she received Fulbright Senior Specialist Program Grants. She has held leadership positions on many professional association committees, including the ALA/ALCTS Catalog Form and Function Committee (Chair, 1995–1998) and the ALA/ALCTS/CCS Subject Analysis Committee (Chair, 1992–1994).

Her professional contributions have been recognized with the ALA/ALCTS Margaret Mann Citation, the ALA/Highsmith Library Literature Award for The Organization of Information, and the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Graduate School of Library and Information Science Alumni Association, among other honors.

Prior to earning her Ph.D. at UNC, she had worked in libraries as a school librarian and as a cataloger at the Library of Congress, Christopher Newport College (now University), and Iowa State University.

Taylor longed to return to North Carolina from the time she left in 1981. After she retired from teaching, she and her husband moved to Chapel Hill in 2007. She continues to write, working with former students on research articles and on new editions of her textbooks.  She also enjoys “cataloging” her many pictures of parents, grandparents, great-grandparents, and great-great grandparents, and their families.

3. Festschrift Part:

In this part friends and associates of Dr. Arlene G. Taylor speak about her life and works, and her influence on LIS research and researchers, whether at the level of the individual, institution, or the field of librarianship with special reference to cataloging, metadata, and information organization.

Includes here tributes by Blanche Woolls, Professor Emerita, University of Pittsburgh, Linda C. Smith, Professor Emerita, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Barbara B. Tillett, Former Chief of the Library's Cataloging Policy & Support Office, Library of Congress, Prof. Dr. Essam Mansour, Professor, Department of Libraries and Information, South Valley University, Egypt, Barbara Paff, Former Cataloger, Iowa State University, and by Salman Haider, creator, Librarianship Studies & Information Technology blog.


Salman Haider