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Memorial: Barbara von Wahlde, 1937–2019

Barbara von Wahlde
Barbara von Wahlde

Barbara Ketterman von Wahlde, former associate vice president for university libraries at University at Buffalo, SUNY, died on June 14, 2019, at age 81.

Von Wahlde led the University at Buffalo Libraries from 1986 to 2006. Under her leadership, the university’s online public access catalog, BISON (Buffalo Information System ONline) was implemented, and the libraries strengthened ties to the university’s computing and information technology functions.

Before coming to Buffalo, von Wahlde served as associate director of technical services at University of Michigan Library and worked in libraries at Yale University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; University of West Florida; University of Southern Mississippi; and University of Maine. Prior to her retirement, she was visiting librarian at Istanbul Technical University and became acting library director at Bilkent University in Ankara, Turkey.

Von Wahlde was active in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), serving on the Board of Directors 1995-1997 as well as the Information Policies Committee (2002-2004), Research Library Leadership and Management Committee (1999-2001), SPARC Working Group (1998-1999), Committee on Research Collections (1996-1998), and numerous other task forces and committees.

For more information about von Wahlde’s career, see her biography on the University at Buffalo Libraries’ website.