Joseph Z. Nitecki, director of libraries at University at Albany, SUNY, from 1980 to 1988, died peacefully in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, on January 27, 2017, four days before his 95th birthday. Nitecki held various library positions at the University Chicago (1961–1963), Chicago City College (1963–1966), University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee (1967–1970), and Temple University (1970–1978), before becoming professor and executive director of libraries at University of Wisconsin–Oshkosh (1978–1980) and then director of libraries at Albany. He completed his career at Albany as a visiting professor in the School of Information Science and Policy (1988–1990) and as a professor emeritus since 1990.
Nitecki was active in various initiatives through the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services, the Association of College & Research Libraries, the Association of Research Libraries, and state groups, particularly addressing innovations in reprography, technical services, and adapting cataloging procedures with the introduction of OCLC and other automated systems. He authored or edited over 100 publications in library and information science, including six books, most notably the six editions of the Directory of Library Reprographic Services, and Metalibrarianship: A Model for Intellectual Foundations of Library Information Science.
In Nitecki’s memory, donations may be made to the Polish Collection Room, c/o University of Buffalo Foundation, PO Box 900, Buffalo, NY 14226, or to the Drexel University Libraries c/o Institutional Advancement, Drexel University, PO Box 8215, Philadelphia, PA 19101-9684.