I was saddened to learn that former University Librarian Russell Shank passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012. He was 86 years old.
Russell Shank served as UCLA University Librarian from 1977 to 1989. He was educated as an engineer and embraced technology as a means of enhancing service to library users. During his tenure, work that began with National Library of Medicine grant funding in the Biomedical Library in the sixties under Louise Darling’s management, was expanded to a campus-wide, locally-developed, integrated library system called ORION after the hunter of information.
I came to know and work with Russell during my tenure as California State Librarian.
Russell is survived by his three children, Sue Shank from Virginia, Judy Twist from West Virginia, and Peter Shank from Wisconsin. A memorial will be planned in the future.