Resolved, That the American Library Association, on behalf of its members:
(1)recognizes the remarkable achievements of Brooke E. Sheldon as a leader and educator in the profession and acknowledges her many contributions to her colleagues, friends, faculty and students;
(2)conveys sincerest sympathy to the Sheldon family, her two sons, Scott and Stephen and their wives, Susan and Maria, her three grandchildren, Matthew, Brooke, and Skye, and to her sister-in-law (Mrs. Leonard Earle, Jr.), her brother, John, and her sister, Barbara Hunter and brother-in law, Eugene Hunter;
(3)contributions in her memory be sent to the Brooke E. Sheldon Endowed Professorship in Management and Leadership at the School of Information Sciences, University of Texas at Austin; and
(4)the copies of this resolution be sent to her family and to Dr. Andrew Dillon, School of Information Sciences, University of Texas at Austin.
One thing that the ALA Council does is to issue memorial resolutions for prominent librarians who have died since the last conference.
I did not know Dr. Sheldon well, but she was Dean of the UT Austin Graduate School of Library and Information Science when I was there and when LIBRARY was still in the school’s title. I found her friendly and someone who always had time for students. I might have gotten to know her better if I wasn’t commuting from 90 miles away.
It turns out that Dr. Sheldon and I have a connection that I did not realize. The resolution notes that at the Alaska State Library she was Head of Technical Services and Training. I’m not sure when this was but I was Head of Government Publications and Technical Services from 1999-2007 and my current role as Digital Librarian involves training staff and others. So we’ve done the same job, though decades apart.
By clicking on the title of this Tumblr post, you can read the full text of the resolution. I encourage you to do so, especially if you went to UT Austin as I did.