Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman

Maurice J. Freedman, MLS, PhD, Past President, American Library Association
Principal Consultant & Publisher, The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian™
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Maurice J. (Mitch) Freedman, MLS, PhD



Director, Westchester (NY) Library System. 1982-2005. Managed a NY State cooperative library system of 50 staff, serving 38 public libraries, and a population of 923,000; included political advocacy, age level consultation, a variety of outreach services, the management of technology, and bibliographic control. Automated the library system and its member libraries; promoted cooperation; achieved savings through economies of scale; was responsible for the online system with the largest wide area network in Westchester; increased the filling of reserves from 4,000 (paper-based) per month to over 80,000 per month via the Internet. Succeeded in increasing County support from $40,000 (1982) to a high of $940,000.

Some innovations were the development of possibly the first formal public library political advocacy group, the establishment of annual National Library Book and Author Luncheons, and Martin Luther King, Jr., Writers and Readers African-American Literary Tea; periodic Legislative Breakfasts; hosted a monthly cable show, Libraries in the Limelight, which included noted Westchester personages as guests. Successfully resolved longstanding staff compensation, workplace, and morale problems. Provided leadership for a staff that succeeded in making WLS one of the most respected and successful public library systems in the nation. Reported to a 15 member Board of Trustees.

Associate Professor, School of Library Service, Columbia University. 1977-1982. Taught, did research and published in the areas of information technology, technical services, cataloging, and public libraries. (Also taught as an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and Pratt Institute in the 1980s and 1990s, and continue to lecture at numerous library schools in the U.S. and internationally.) Coordinator, Technical Services, Branch Libraries, New York Public Library. 1974-1977. Managed a technical services staff of about 100 people that processed 500,000 items annually.

Director, Technical Services Division, Hennepin (MN) County Library. 1969-1974. Managed technical services and automation staff of 60 people; processed about 150,000 volumes annually. Automated the library. Headed an innovative nationally-recognized technology and cataloging program that contributed to awards to Dr. Freedman (LITA Award) and Sanford Berman, Head Cataloger, (Margaret Mann Citation). Manager, Library Processing, Information Dynamics Corporation, Reading, MA. 1968-1969. Profit & Loss management responsibility for automated technical services & contract processing operations for NASA's Electronic Research Center (Cambridge, MA), Polaroid Corporation, and others. Brought to the company to work with the systems staff to fix (successfully) the automated catalog system, and did pioneering work in library automation.

Administrative Officer and subsequently Executive Assistant, Processing Department, Library of Congress. 1966-1968. Part of the management team responsible for 1500 employees, $16 million budget, overseas offices around the world, and all Library of Congress acquisitions, cataloging and processing. Was promoted from a GS-7 to a GS-12 in less than three years, in recognition of his exceptional work. Outstanding Library School Graduate Special Recruit Internship, Library of Congress. 1965-1966. Worked six months in most of the library departments and divisions of LC as an LC intern.

DETAILED POST-RETIREMENT ACTIVITY - Most recent back through 2005

Member, Mount Kisco Public Library Board of Trustees, 2010-

Organized, managed, and moderated, "Google and Libraries", March 2008; "Open Access and Libraries" , March 2009; "Web 2.0, Social Networking & Libraries", March 2010, all conferences co-sponsored by Harriman Institute-Columbia University Libraries, The U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian™, and International Library Information and Analytical Center (Moscow-Washington DC-based international organization.) I was appointed to the ILIAC international board of directors in 2009.

"A Tribute to Dr. E. J. Josey", main speaker and speech, Martin Luther King, Jr., Sunrise Service, American Library Association, Annual Conference, Boston, 2010. The Sunrise Service is sponsored annually by all of the ALA ethnic organizations. First speaker in the history of the service who was not African-American


Gave presentation, "Fundamental Requirements for the Catalog and for Arabic Scripts in the Online Environment, at United Arab Emirates/National Center for Documentation Conference, Arab Script Web-Based Catalogs in the 21st Century, Abu Dhabi, UAE, February-March 2010.

Republic of Georgia, U.S. State Department Consultant for the Tbilisi Municipal Library, and Presented Paper on "The Philosophy Underlying the Sharing and Accessibility of Online Resources in 21st Century U.S. Libraries", to the Republic of Georgia Library Association, Tbilisi, Georgia, June 2009, and subsequently at Crimea Conference 2009, Sudak Ukraine.

Consultant for the Village Preservation Society of East Hampton regarding the Draft Environmental Impact Study for the proposed expansion of the East Hampton (Public) Library, 2008-.

Chaired session on Internet and Library Services of the 21st Century, Crimea Conference 2008, June 2008, Sudak Ukraine.

Presented paper, on The Role of Libraries and Information in Sustainable Development of the Society - the Ecology of Information, Crimea Conference, Sudak, Ukraine, June 2009.

Panelist, "Intellectual Freedom in the Workplace," Canadian Library Association, Vancouver, Canada, June 2008.

Gave paper on "Compensation Issues for Library and Information Professionals" , at Conference or Human Resources for Archives Libraries and Information Centers, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, February, 2008.

Gave presentations at United Arab Emirates University, Al-Ain, on "Physical versus the Online Library" and "Information Technology and Bibliographical Control in the U.S." , February 2008.

Presented paper, on The American Library Association and Its Contribution to Library Professionals, Crimea Conference, Sudak, Ukraine, June 2008. Attended in the capacity of chair, ALA International Relations Committee.

Consultant for Fort Lee Public Library-overall evaluation of the library and recommendations for new directions for the library, 2006-2007. Reports available on request.

Consultant and speaker for U.S. State Department: delivered paper, at International Conference (Minsk, Belarus), "Information Ecology and Economic Development" (; the address for the English and Russian Versions on the Belarus National Library website); consultant for Belarus National Library Association on the development of a national library association; and speaker on library issues in Gomel, Grodno, Minsk, and Polatsk, Belarus. Oct. 2005.

Participant and speaker, Goethe Institute sponsored library tour. Visited German libraries (primarily public libraries) in Berlin, Essen, Köln, Dresden, and Gutersloh. Gave presentation on the U.S.A. PATRIOT Act and Related Intellectual Freedom Issues in the U.S., at Amerika Haus in Berlin for all U.S. information staff in Germany. August, 2005.


Published and gave speeches on a variety of subjects, consulted for every type of library, and attended meetings in most of the states in the U.S. and about 30 countries on five continents. As President of the American Library Association, initiated the campaign for Better Salaries for Library Workers; was interviewed by a variety of domestic and foreign media on all major issues affecting libraries, as well as salaries. Detailed information on consulting assignments, speeches, and publications can be found at Note that there have been numerous consulting assignments for public libraries of varying sizes.

Publisher, U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librarian™, the "how I run my library good" ℠ letter, 2000-present. Published voluminously on salaries, public libraries, technology, management, and technical services, including, The Continuing Relevance of Public Libraries, in the U.S. State Department's Emerging Media, an electronic serial (3/2006.) Technology & Teamwork, Westchester's Book-Borrowing Explosion, Library Journal (9/1/2000); Processing for the People, in the Centenary Issue (1/1/76) of Library Journal; and three separate years, had papers selected for the Best of Library Literature. Editor and/or Author: Better Salaries for Library Workers Toolkit, (ALA, 2003); The Nature and Future of the Catalog (Oryx/Neal-Schuman, 1979); and Five Circulation System Case Studies. Has served on the editorial board of several journals.


ALA President, 2002-2003. Provided the leadership, energy, and political skills to help ALA establish for the first time-in ALA's 125+ year history-an organizational unit (the ALA Allied Professional Association) dedicated to improving the salaries and compensation of library employees,. Served as ALA's outspoken advocate in national and local television, radio, and newspapers on such issues as intellectual freedom, the USA PATRIOT Act, the Children's Internet Protection Act, and library worker compensation.

Innumerable posts in national and local levels, including President of ALA's Library Information and Technology Association, and member of ALA's Council for numerous terms. Board member of the ACLU Lower Hudson Valley Chapter, 2005-7. Advisory Board Member of the International Library, Information, and Analytical Center (ILIAC), an organization established to promote relations between Russia and Commonwealth of Independent States countries and the United States.


ALA-Allied Professional Association - Dynix Award for Outstanding Achievement in Promoting the Salaries and Status of Library Workers, June 26, 2005, ALA Annual Conference, Chicago IL.

Alumnus of the Year, Rutgers University Graduate School of Communications, Libraries, and Information Studies, 2004.

Medallion Award for Community Service, presented by the Westchester Community College Foundation, April 9, 2002.

1999 Headliner Award, "For significant contributions to the quality of life in the Community." The award was "recognition of your professional leadership and contribution to the Westchester Community." Presented by the Association for Women in Communications, Westchester Chapter, June 2, 1999.

Myron S. Isaacs Community Services Award: "For having displayed a consistent and outstanding courage and integrity in defense of the First Amendment." Presented by the Lower Hudson Valley Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, May 26, 1997.

Keynote Speaker and Resource Person, United States Information Agency [sponsor], USIA-Africa Library Fellows Conference, "Information for Democracy in Africa." Sixteen African nations were represented. Cape Town, South Africa, May 10-13, 1999.

LITA Award (Library and Technology Association of the ALA): Award for Achievement in Library and Information Technology, 1980. The award citation reads:

In recognition of his distinguished leadership in the library technology field, his profoundly humanistic approach to the use of technology, and his accomplishments in the field through speaking, writing, and teaching. His contributions to the library profession in general and to library automation in particular are well recognized by his colleagues and attested by the results he has achieved.

Library of Congress, Outstanding Library School Graduate, Special Recruit Internship. 1965.

Beta Phi Mu, University of California, Berkeley Chapter. Library science honorary society. 1965.


Doctor of Philosophy (in Library and Information Studies), Rutgers University, 1983.
Master of Librarianship (MLS), University of California, Berkeley, 1965.
Graduate study in philosophy, (no degree), University of California, Berkeley, 1961-1963.
Bachelor of Arts (BA), Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Sciences, 1961. Major in philosophy.

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