Colleagues Mourn Sudden Loss of SJSU SLIS Lecturer Robert Ellett 


The San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science
(SJSU SLIS) recently lost one of its valued part-time faculty members when
Dr. Robert O. Ellett, Jr., passed away suddenly on January 9, 2013. The
School's faculty, students, and alum are deeply saddened by the news of his
untimely death at age 48.


Ellett started teaching in the School's fully online Master of Library and
Information Science (MLIS) program in 2004. He taught beginning and advanced
courses in cataloging and organization of information. His colleagues and
former students praised him for his passion for teaching and dedication to
his students.  


In addition to his role as a lecturer with SJSU SLIS, Ellett was the Catalog
Librarian at the Joint Forces Staff College, located in Norfolk, Virginia,
since 1989. He also designed several training courses and workshops for
local and national library conferences, including serving as an instructor
for FEDLINK's original cataloging and authority control workshops. 


"Robert was a dedicated professional, who was enthusiastic about conveying
his love for his profession to future librarians," said Dr. Sandra Hirsh,
SJSU SLIS director. "His students appreciated his enthusiasm and his humor.
We will miss this esteemed colleague."  


Ellett received his doctoral degree from Nova Southeastern University's
Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences, and his master's
degree in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel


Ellett is survived by his mother and stepfather Margaret and Sam Motley, and
his two sisters. Condolences for the family may be posted on the funeral
home's web page:


In addition, the family suggests that donations be made to the Seminary
Scholarship Fund at the First Baptist Church in Norfolk, Virginia, in memory
of Robert Ellett.