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Memoir

William Warner Bishop
Regents' Proceedings 652

On July 20, William Warner Bishop, Librarian of the University, reaches the age of seventy years and in accordance with the regulations of the Regents will retire from active service. In connection with this event, I recommend the adoption of the following preamble and resolution:

William Warner Bishop, a distinguished graduate of the University of Michigan in the Class of 1892 and recipient of the degree of Master of Arts in the following year, and Librarian of the University since 1915, reaches the age of seventy years on July 20, 1941.

His career has been coextensive with the greatest period of growth of the libraries of America and with the development of librarianship as a necessary concomitant. In his earlier years he learned much from the founders of the modern science of librarianship who were his older colleagues and friends; subsequently his genuine scholarship, his marked administrative abilities, his qualities of leadership, and the human traits which have endeared him to many friends made him, in turn, one of the great librarians of America and of the world.

He was elected President of the American Library Association in 1918 -1919; he became the chief consultant of the Carnegie Corporation in its widespread enterprises of aid to libraries and library personnel; his advice was sought on almost every occasion when a large library building was being planned; and his influence extended to other countries, notably when he was invited to aid in organizing the library of the League of Nations and in reorganizing the Vatican Library.

Well-deserved recognition of Dr. Bishop's unique place as a Nestor among American librarians has come to him from all parts of the world, in the form of honorary memberships and fellowships in learned societies and through honorary degrees conferred upon him by leading universities and colleges; the International Federation of Library Associations, representing the library workers of the world, has made him its honorary president.

The University of Michigan has indeed been fortunate, during the past twenty-six years, to have commanded the skillful and loyal services of this distinguished alumnus in one of the key positions of its staff. Under Dr. Bishop's direction, instruction in library science has been instituted; the libraries of the University have grown both in size and in usefulness; their operation has been smooth and efficient; and the importance of their contribution to the success of the University's instructional work and to the scholarly investigations of its faculties and graduate students cannot readily be overestimated. In view of the foregoing circumstances and of Dr. Bishop's approaching retirement, the Regents have adopted the following resolutions:

Resolved, By the Regents of the University of Michigan, that this University owes to Dr. William Warner Bishop, its Librarian, a loyal alumnus, distinguished scholar, skillful administrator, and gifted leader, the deepest gratitude for his unique services over the past twenty-six years; and be it further

Resolved, That, since Dr. Bishop attains the age of seventy years on July 20, 1941, he be retired from active service on that date and be granted the title Librarian Emeritus, and that he be recommended for the retiring allowance provided for by the regulations of the University; and be it further

Resolved, That the Regents express their cordial hope that Dr. Bishop's years of retirement may be filled with health and happiness, and that he will continue to make use of the University's facilities as he may desire, in the prosecution of his literary and scholarly activities.