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Memorial: Graham Roderick Hill, 1946–2016

Graham Hill, image © McMaster University

Graham Roderick Hill, university librarian at McMaster University for 26 years, died at the age of 70 on April 13, 2016. Hill began his career at McMaster in 1971 as a reference librarian in the serials department. He held various positions in the library before serving as university librarian from 1979 to 2005.

Hill was active in the Association of Research Libraries, serving on the Board of Directors (1983–1986) and many committees, including the Committee on Nominations (1986), Committee on ARL Statistics (1989–1991), Advisory Committee on the ARL Statistics Program (1992–1994), Committee on the Management of Research Library Resources (1995–1997), Information Policies Committee (1998–2000), ARL Research Library Leadership and Management Committee (2000–2001), and Membership Committee 2000-2002.

In 1998 Hill was the first recipient of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) Award for Distinguished Service to Research Librarianship, honoring his dedication to copyright reform and education.

For more information about his life and career, see Graham Hill’s obituary from the Hamilton Spectator.