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Memoir

Richard M. Dougherty
Regents' Proceedings 218

Richard M. Dougherty, professor of information in the School of Information, retired from active faculty status on December 31, 1997.

Professor Dougherty received his B.S. degree from Purdue University in 1959, and his M.L.S. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University, in 1961 and 1963, respectively. He held positions at Rutgers University, the University 218 of North Carolina, the University of Colorado, Syracuse University, and the University of California at Berkeley before joining the University of Michigan faculty in 1978 as director of the University Library and professor of library science. Professor Dougherty also served as acting dean of the School of Library Science (now known as the School of Information) from 1984-85.

Professor Dougherty has been a compelling and forceful advocate of core values in librarianship throughout his extensive professional career. As president of the American Library Association from 1990-91, he helped bring information access issues to the attention of the general public and mounted an literacy and reading campaign for children. As academic library director at the University of Michigan, he spearheaded initiatives, which resulted in computerized access to the library's catalogs. As an educator, Professor Dougherty engaged his students in critical thinking and dialog concerning issues of professional management, ethics, and values. As publisher of leading journals in academic librarianship, he provided an important venue for discussion and dissemination of library issues and developments. He is internationally recognized for his vision and articulation of key challenges confronting academic libraries and has been active as a speaker and consultant in national and international venues.

Professor Dougherty has received numerous honors during his career. Most recently he was honored with the Joseph Lippincott Award at the American Library Association's annual meeting in July 1997. In 1988 he was honored as the first recipient of the Hugh C. Atkinson Memorial Award given by ALA. In addition to his extensive involvement with the ALA, including service as president, Professor Dougherty has been highly involved with numerous other professional groups. He has also received two honorary degrees: from Purdue University in 1991 and from Stellenbosch University, South Africa, in 1995.

The Regents now salute this distinguished faculty member by naming Richard M. Dougherty professor emeritus of information.