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Memorial: Brinley R. Franklin, 1950–2020

Brinley Franklin
Brinley Franklin, image courtesy of UConn Libraries

Brinley R. Franklin, Vice Provost Emeritus of the University of Connecticut (UConn) Libraries, died on March 5, 2020, at age 69.

Franklin began his career in Washington, DC, as a corporate librarian and senior consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. In 1990, he joined the UConn Libraries as associate director for Administrative Services. He was promoted to director of Library Services in 1999, director of University Libraries in 2002, and vice provost for University Libraries in 2005. He stepped down in 2013 and served in a consultative capacity until he retired from the university in 2014.

Throughout his career, Franklin conducted considerable research in the field of library administration and assessment, publishing numerous articles and book chapters. He strongly supported international efforts, conferences, and meetings in this field, acting as a role model, mentor, and thought leader. In 1990, he founded Library Management Consulting, where he helped colleges and universities optimize overhead cost recovery related to library expenses that supported sponsored grants and contracts.

Franklin was active in the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), serving as ARL president 2009–2010 and as a member of the Board of Directors 2005–2011. He served on several ARL committees and working groups, including terms as chair of the Statistics and Measurement Committee 2003–2005, chair of the Task Force on New Ways of Measuring Collections 2004–2006, and co-chair of the Task Force to Identify Actions for ARL in the Licensing Environment 2010–2011. In 2014, ARL, the University of Washington Libraries, and the Library Assessment Conference Steering Committee honored Franklin with a Library Assessment Career Achievement Award.

For more information about Franklin’s life and career, see the March 10, 2020, UConn Libraries news release, “Brinley R. Franklin—December 19, 1950–March 5, 2020.”