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KU Libraries announces Oct. 1 retirement festivities for Librarian Emeritus Bill Crowe

Monday, September 27, 2010

The University of Kansas Libraries will host a retirement event honoring Librarian Emeritus William J. "Bill" Crowe, former dean of the KU Libraries, on October 1, 2010.

The event, which will be held at the Spencer Museum of Art, includes a panel on the evolving roles of libraries and librarians across the past four decades. The panel, which will be moderated by former KU provost David Shulenberger, includes:

  • Jay Jordan, president and CEO, Online Computer Library Center, Inc. (OCLC)
  • Larry Alford, dean of University Libraries, Temple University, and chair, OCLC Board of Trustees
  • William Studer, emeritus director of libraries, The Ohio State University
  • Betsy Wilson, dean of university libraries, University of Washington
  • Maria Carlson, professor of Slavic languages and literatures, University of Kansas
  • Susan Craig, head of the Murphy Art and Architecture Library, University of Kansas
  • Clenece Hills, community leader in Lawrence

The panel begins at 2:30 p.m. and is open to the public. It will be followed by a public reception hosted by Kevin Corbett, president of the KU Alumni Association, at 4 p.m.

At the reception, KU Libraries Dean Lorraine J. Haricombe will announce the inaugural recipient of the Sanders Library Scholars Fund. The fund, which was established by Crowe and his late wife Nancy Sanders, honors her parents, Raymond and Dorothy J. Sanders.

The fund provides graduate or undergraduate scholarships for students on the Lawrence campus who are working with a librarian mentor in the KU Libraries. Crowe said the fund would serve to give students of all backgrounds and interests firsthand experience in the field of librarianship.

“There are often a lot of misconceptions as to what librarianship entails,” said Crowe. “This is meant to encourage students to get exposed to the variety of interesting things librarians do, including those things that happen behind the scenes.”

Contributions in honor of Crowe’s retirement may be made to the Sanders Library Scholars Fund in care of KU Endowment.

Prior to his retirement on September 3, 2010, Crowe served in leadership positions at KU for almost two decades. He was dean of libraries from 1990 to 1999 and was KU's first vice chancellor for information services from 1996 to 1999. In 1999 he became Spencer librarian, where he was responsible for the Kenneth Spencer Research Library. He entered a phased retirement program in 2007, in which he became special assistant to Lorraine Haricombe, dean of libraries. 

“Bill’s commitment to service and his passion for librarianship is unparalleled,” said Dean Haricombe.  “His contributions as a librarian, an administrator and a leader in the profession nationally have brought distinction to KU.”

For more information about the event on October 1, please visit the Library Events page. RSVP to Courtney Foat at or 785-864-0970.

Contact: Rebecca Smith, 785-864-1761 or

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