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Galvin, Thomas J(ohn) 1932-2004

GALVIN, Thomas J(ohn) 1932-2004


See index for CA sketch: Born December 30, 1932, in Arlington, MA; died of heart failure February 18, 2004. Librarian and author. Galvin was former director at the American Library Association (ALA) and a professor of information science. He did his undergraduate work at Columbia University, where he received his A.B. in 1954; this was followed by a master's degree from Simmons College in 1956 and a doctorate in library and information science from Case Western Reserve University in 1973. After beginning his career as a librarian and library director in Massachusetts in the 1950s, he was assistant director of the Simmons College library for three years. He then joined the University of Pittsburgh faculty as associate director and professor at the School of Library Science in 1962, becoming dean in 1974. While at Pittsburgh, Galvin added ten degree programs, doubled enrollment, and tripled the school's budget. He moved on in 1985 to become executive director of the ALA from 1985 to 1989, and from 1989 until his 1999 retirement was professor of information science and policy and director of the doctoral program in information science at the State University of New York at Albany. A recipient of numerous library science awards, Galvin's expertise was in reference books, and he authored and edited several of these himself, including Current Problems in Reference Service (1971), Priorities for Academic Libraries (1982), and Smart IT Choices (1996).



Library Journal, (March 1, 2004).

University of Pittsburgh School of Information Sciences, (February 19, 2004).

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