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Michael Gorman (1941-    )

From 1988 until 2007, Michael Gorman was dean of the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno. While there, he introduced the library’s first automated catalog in 1992 and developed several special collections, including the Arne Nixon Center for the Study of Children’s Literature. Perhaps his greatest achievement, however, was editing the Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules in 1978, as well as its revision in 1998. He is also author of the Concise AACR2, 3rd edition (1999) and 4th edition (2005). Because of his extensive work in this area, librarians have been able to share records and, therefore, resources worldwide.

Gorman is a prolific author and gifted educator, scholar, and speaker, whose presentations are renowned for depth of knowledge and passion for libraries and librarianship. He served as president of the American Library Association in 2005/06 and has been honored with numerous awards, including the prestigious Margaret Mann Citation in Cataloguing and Classification (1979) and the Melvil Dewey Medal (1992).

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