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Memoir

Constance O. Rinehart
Regents' Proceedings 309

Constance O. Rinehart, Professor of Information and Library Studies, will retire from active faculty status as of June 30, 1988.

A native of West Virginia, Professor Rinehart received her B.A. degree summa cum laude from Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia in 1943 and her A.B.L.S. and A.M.L.S. degrees from The University of Michigan in 1944 and 1948, respectively. She joined The University of Michigan faculty in 1948 as a senior catalog librarian in the University Library; she was promoted to assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Studies with a 33% appointment in 1967 and a 100% appointment in 1969. She was named associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1977. Professor Rinehart received a joint appointment to assistant dean from 1981 to 1987.

Professor Rinehart's area of expertise in the Department of Information and Library Studies was bibliographic control. Prior to joining The University of Michigan faculty, she was an assistant cataloger at Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland. She taught cataloging and classification at The University of Michigan for fourteen years before assuming administrative responsibilities as assistant dean. In her administrative capacity, she had primary responsibility for the administrative operation of the School of Information and Library Studies, including course scheduling and admission/financial aid decisions.

Professor Rinehart had endless patience and a continuing desire to assist students with any professional problems they encountered. Her dedication to the field and her great respect and friendship for students earned her a unique and admired place among them. Her great strength in handling the many fine details of editing promotional materials provided substantial benefit to the school. Professor Rinehart played a significant role in the redirection of the school through its recent curriculum reform and new faculty appointments. She provided continuity from 1984 to 1986, a period during which the dean retired, an interim-dean was appointed, and a new dean was named.

The Regents now salute this distinguished educator for her many accomplishments by naming Constance O. Rinehart, Professor Emerita of Information and Library Studies.