Former Fresno State librarian Gorman wins national recognition

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Former Fresno State librarian Gorman wins national recognition

Michael Gorman, university librarian emeritus of the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, has received the American Library Association’s Ken Haycock Award for Promoting Librarianship.

Gorman served at the Madden Library from 1988 to 2007, when he retired.

It was during his service that the $105 million expansion and renovation of the Fresno State library began.

Gorman is a past president of the American Library Association who has become a spokesman for the values of librarianship through books and other publications.

In its announcement of the award, the association said the award jury selected Gorman “for his lifetime contribution toward promoting the profession with dedication, intelligence, and passion …”

“It is his promotion of library education, promotion of the profession at large and his commitment to libraries that is his lasting legacy,” the jury added.

Gorman grew up in London, trained at the Ealing School of Librarianship and became a member of the British Library Association. After working in England, he came to the United States and became a librarian at the University of Illinois.

For more information, visit americanlibrariesmagazine.org/features/08272010/dynamic-doers.