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Memorial: Joseph Adonias Boisse, 1937–2015

Joseph Boisse

Joseph Adonias Boisse, university librarian at University of California (UC), Santa Barbara, from 1983 to 1998 and director of libraries at Temple University from 1979 to 1983, died at the age of 77 on February 14, 2015, in Burlington, Vermont. Boisse was deeply committed to encouraging diversity in academic research libraries, establishing one of the first residency programs for minority librarians in 1985 at UC Santa Barbara and chairing the ARL Task Force on Minority Recruitment in 1990–1992.

Boisse was active in ARL, serving on several Association committees and working groups in addition to chairing the Minority Recruitment Task Force, including the Academic Library Program Advisory Committee (1982–1986); ARL Microform Project Cataloguing Program Advisory Committee (ARL representative 1981–1986); Collection Development Committee (1984–1986); Information Policies Committee (1990–1992, 1997–1998); Scholarly Communication Committee (1994–1996); and Scientific and Technical Information Working Group (1993–1996).

For more information about Boisse’s life and career, see Joseph Boisse’s obituary from the Burlington Free Press.