Westchester Library System
410 Saw Mill River Road        

Ardsley, New York 10549  

(914)231-3223;    fax: (914) 674-4185  
e-mail:  freedman@wlsmail.org                                                                           

D r .  M A U R I C E   J.   F R E E D M A N









Director, Westchester (NY) Library System.  Manages cooperative library service agency of approximately 50 staff, serving 38 public libraries and a population of 875,000; includes the management of technology, bibliographic control, ILL, age level consultation, and a variety of outreach services.  Has management responsibility for implementing and operating WESTLYNX, an online circulation, catalog, Web gateway, and database services system; 580 online PCs at 43 sites on a wide area network.  1982-. 


Adjunct Associate Professor, Pratt Institute, SLIS, 1990-1999.


Associate Professor, School of Library Service, Columbia University.  Taught, did research and published in the areas of technology, technical services and cataloging.  1977-1982. 


Coordinator, Technical Services, Branch Libraries, New York Public Library.  Managed technical services staff of about 100 people, and processing of 500,000 volumes.  1974-1977. 


Director, Technical Services Division, Hennepin (MN) County Library.  Managed technical services and automation staff of 60 people; processed about 150,000 volumes.  Created an innovative user-oriented nationally recognized technology and cataloging program 1969-1974. 


Manager, Library Processing, Information Dynamics Corporation, Reading, MA.  Managed automation and technical services staff for contract processing for NASA's Electronic Research Center, Cambridge, MA., Polaroid Corporation, and others.  1968-1969. 


Administrative Officer and subsequently Executive Assistant, Processing Department, Library of Congress.  Part of the management team responsible for 1500 employees and all Library of Congress acquisitions, cataloging and processing.  1966-1968. 


Outstanding Library School Graduate Special Recruit Internship, Library of Congress.  Worked six months in most of the library departments and divisions of LC.  1965-1966.


II. Consulting and Publishing


Publisher, U*N*A*B*A*S*H*E*D Librariantm.  Consulted, gave speeches, or attended meetings in more than half of the states in the U.S. and in Canada.  Includes consulting for libraries in North America, Europe, Africa and Asia; most recently consulted for the National Library of Latvia and the research libraries of Latvia regarding the implementation of information technology; and, a major networking and technology study for the California State Library in 1993-1994.  Published primarily on technology, management, and technical services issues; Connection Development: Web Lessons from Westchester… in Library Journal (9/1/99); an invited paper, Processing for the People, in the Centenary Issue (1/1/76) of Library Journal; and three separate years, selected for the Best of Library Literature.  Edited: The Nature and Future of the Catalog; and Five Circulation System Case Studies.  On editorial board of: Public Library Quarterly; and Advanced Technology--Libraries.


III. Professional Membership


ALA President 2002-2003.  Numerous library organizations and committees at national and local levels; includes having been elected President of ALA's Library and Technology Association and to the ALA Council several times (term expired in 2001); served as chair of the ALA Pay Equity Committee. 




1999 Headliner Award, “In recognition of your professional leadership and contribution to the Westchester Community.”  The award was presented by the Association for Women in Communications, Westchester Chapter, June 2, 1999.


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


United States Information Agency, Academic Affairs Specialist: Consultant for the National Library of Latvia and other Latvian research libraries regarding the implementation of an information technology program.  Also lectured on libraries and IT.  May, 1998.


The Global Information Village, speaker at a conference in Rabat, Morocco, June 4-5, 1997.


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 Westchester Chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, May 26, 1997.


United States Information Agency, Academic Affairs Specialist: Consultant for the Pusan (Korea) National University Library; emphasis in technology, collection development and building planning.  Also lectured to and met with public librarians.


United States Information Agency, Academic Affairs Specialist: Served as a library technology consultant for academic , research and public libraries in Kenya; gave lectures at various libraries; and delivered a paper at the Kenya Library Association Annual Seminar.  1988.


United States Information Agency, American Participant Program: Lectured and consulted on library technology in American libraries in Turkey, Czechoslovakia, and Italy.  1984.


Library and Technology Association of the American Library Association: 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.  Specially selected for Library of Congress Special Recruit Internship.  1965. 


Beta Phi Mu.  Library science honorary society.  1965. 





Doctor of Philosophy (in Library and Information Studies), Rutgers University, 1983.

Master of Library Science (MLS), University of California, Berkeley, 1965.

Bachelor of Arts (BA), Rutgers University, Newark College of Arts and Science, 1961.  Major in philosophy.