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Esther Green Bierbaum, 1928-2010

 

Dr. Esther Green Bierbaum, a beloved professor in the School of Library and Information Science at The University of Iowa from 1983 to 1996, died Sunday, February 14 at her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

Dr. Bierbaum’s courses in cataloging, technical services, and special librarianship were highlights of the program for many students.   She brought intellectual rigor, passionate commitment, and grace and humor to her teaching.   Her scholarship and research was broad, reflecting her interest in the common ground between museums and libraries, as well as in special librarianship and bibliographic retrieval.

Dr. Bierbaum was author of Museum Librarianship: A Guide to the Provision and Management of Information Services in Museums (2d ed., McFarland, 2000) and Special Libraries in Action: Cases and Crises (Libraries Unlimited, 1993).  Her scholarly contribution included many journal articles and papers and invited lectures.  Her consulting activities included consultation on the revision of the schedule for 570-599 (Biological Sciences) for the 21st edition of the Dewey Decimal Classification.

Dr. Bierbaum was born July 9, 1928 in Walkerville, Ontario.  She received a master’s degree in English from the University of Florida, library certification from Florida State University, and a Ph.D. in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Upon retirement from The University of Iowa in 1966, she was named Professor Emeritus.  She returned to St. Petersburg, Florida, where she remained active in research and writing, and volunteering at Pasadena Presbyterian Church.  She is remembered by her friends as a person with a delightful sense of humor, a wealth of wisdom and knowledge, and a thoughtful, giving nature.  She is survived by three children and six grandchildren.

 

Tribute written by Ethel Bloesch, former Program Assistant for the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science