Walter Barnard Retires after 40 Years at Columbia

August 06, 2000  Friends and colleagues of Walter Barnard gathered in 523 Butler Library on August 26th to mark his retirement from the Libraries. Mr. Barnard began his career at Columbia in 1959, when he came from the Library of Congress, having taken his BA from Wake Forest College and his MLS from the University of North Carolina.


In 1965 he became Bibliographer to the General Libraries, responsible for building all western language collections for the Butler Stacks. He held that position until 1985, when he became Humanities Bibliographer, responsible for collection of western language literature and linguistics.

The occasion was celebrated with speeches by Elaine Sloan, Vice President for Information Services and University Librarian, Anthony Ferguson, Associate University Librarian, Mary Cargill of Butler Reference and Michael Stoller, Director of Humanities & History Libraries. Mr. Barnard spoke, reflecting on his four decades at Columbia and the extraordinary changes he has seen in library service.

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