Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Don Schauder, Jean Whyte and COSI

Monash University held a function on Tuesday 11 September at their Caulfield campus, to celebrate the emeritus professorship conferred on Don Schauder, and also to celebrate the bequest by the late Professor Jean Whyte to the University, now the Jean Whyte Fund. The function also launched COSI, the Centre for Organisational and Social Informatics.

Jean Whyte was the foundation professor of librarianship at Monash, from 1975 to 1983. I was one of her students for quite some time - I have got better at finishing things since then, but it took me six years to finish a librarianship masters degree in the 1980s, despite the best efforts of Jean Whyte and Radha Rasmussen.

ALIA has also honoured Don Schauder recently by conferring a fellowship on him, and there will be a function to mark that, most likely early in 2008. Don has been one of the most innovative Victorian librarians in recent times, in recent years at Monash University as an academic, and at RMIT as a University Librarian.

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