Oral Histories

Interview of Norah Jones

Head of the UCLA College Library and head of the UCLA Library technical services department.
Subtitle:
The Best of Times: Four Decades in the UCLA Library
Topic:
UCLA and University of California History
UCLA Librarians
Interviewer:
Shiban, Janet Tanner
Interviewee:
Jones, Norah
Supporting Documents:
Records relating to the interview are located in the office of the UCLA Library's Center for Oral History Research.
Language:
English
Copyright:
Regents of the University of California, UCLA Library.
Abstract:
Moves to California from Canada; contact with the German émigré community in Santa Monica; professors at UCLA; employment at UCLA's College Library; attends the School of Librarianship at University of California, Berkeley; hired in acquisitions at UCLA library; transfer to the reserve book room; the loyalty oath issue among library staff; staff input on the founding of the Graduate School of Library Science; creating separate graduate and undergraduate libraries; Jones becomes college librarian; building the College Library book collection; programs designed to alleviate student-faculty tensions in the 1960s; establishing libraries in UCLA's residence halls; becomes head of technical services; Jones's reorganization of technical services; putting serial records on-line; serves as president of the Librarians Association of the University of California; George Gibbs expands on early Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) operations at UCLA; sweeping changes under Dan Tonkery and Russell M. Shank; ORION, UCLA's on-line information system; Gloria S. Werner; retirement in 1986; the need for centralization in an ever expanding library system; involvement in the Association of Academic Women and other organizations; activities after retirement from UCLA.