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Gail A. Schlachter (1943-2015)

Driven by a commitment to identify information needs and to create resources to meet those needs, Dr. Gail A. Schlachter worked for more than three decades in the library and information fields as a reference librarian, a library administrator, a library educator, an author of library-oriented reference works, a reviewer of reference resources, and publisher of both print and electronic materials. During her career, Schlachter was elected several times to the governing councils of the American Library Association (ALA) and California Library Association, served as the president of ALA's Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), and was selected first as the reference review editor and then as the editor-in-chief of Reference and User Services Quarterly, RUSA's official reference-oriented journal. In recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of reference librarianship, she received the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award, and was honored with the Louis Shores Award, named the "Distinguished Alumna of the Year" by the University of Wisconsin's School of Library and Information Studies, and received numerous honors for her publications. Schlachter got her master’s degree in library science from Wisconsin in 1967 and her doctorate from the University of Minnesota library school in 1971. She was president of Reference Service Press and visiting professor at the SJSU School of Library and Information Science when she died suddenly in 2015.

Gail A. Schlachter was inducted into the California Library Hall of Fame in 2015. For more information on her accomplished life and career, please see:


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