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Date: Fri, 15 Nov 2013 21:41:27 -0500
From: Blanche Woolls <[log in to unmask]>
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For Immediate Release
Remembering Libraries Unlimited Founder Dr. Bohdan Stephan Wynar
Santa Barbara, CA, November 15, 2013 Visionary publisher and founder of
Libraries Unlimited, Dr. Bohdan Stephan Wynar, passed away on November 9th
in Aurora, Colorado.
Born in Lviv, Ukraine on September 7th, 1926, Dr. Wynar was a man of many
accomplishments. After military service in WWII, and subsequently earning a
doctorate degree in economics in Munich in 1950, Wynar emigrated to the
U.S. He worked as a steel worker in Ohio, and then as a statistician,
eventually bringing his family to the U.S., and continuing his education.
Wynar earned a second graduate degree in 1958—a Master's in Library
Science, at University of Denver (DU). He served as Head of Technical
Services of University of Denver Libraries from 1958-1962; and as Associate
Professor, Graduate School of Librarianship at DU from 1963-1966. From
1966-1969 he was Dean, School of Library Science, SUNY, Geneseo, New York.
He later served on the American Library Association's Committee of
Accreditation (COA). During his teaching career, he witnessed first-hand
the need for quality resources, guides, and textbooks to help further
library professional development and support teaching.
The success of the university press’ publication of his book Introduction
to Cataloging and Classification was so overwhelming that in 1964, Wynar
started his own publishing company under the name of Libraries Unlimited.
Two subsidiary imprints, Ukrainian Academic Press (1972) and Teacher Ideas
Press (1988) were subsequently established.
Wynar made significant contributions to librarianship throughout his
career. He authored and co-authored many books in Library Science,
including the best-selling Introduction to Cataloging and Classification,
currently in its tenth edition under the authorship of Arlene G. Taylor,
and co-edited the Dictionary of American Library Biography (DALB). He
created and served as editor-in-chief of the critically acclaimed and
trusted guide to reference works, American Reference Books Annual (ARBA),
now entering its forty-fourth year of publication.
In 1977, he received the Isadore Gilbert Mudge Award for his distinguished
contributions to reference librarianship. He remained president of his
publishing company until the age of 72, when it became part of the
Greenwood Publishing Group.
"Libraries Unlimited finds its roots in the vision of the distinguished and
much-admired educator and scholar," noted Libraries Unlimited Publisher,
Kathryn Suárez. "His contributions to education and the library science
community will continue to have a lasting impact."
About Libraries Unlimited
Well-known and well-regarded throughout the library community, Libraries
Unlimited publishes content in all areas and topics that represent core
competencies of librarians, offering titles that are used by librarians
during their studies and throughout their professional careers. Libraries
Unlimited has long been considered a market leader in textbooks and
bibliographic reference for library science. As the professional
development imprint of ABC-CLIO, LLC, Libraries Unlimited focuses on the
work of renowned and highly visible authors who are respected for their
experience, expertise, insight into library practice, educator/librarian
connections, and literacy.
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