Hall of Distinguished Alumni
David Horace Clift
in Mason County, Ky., on June 16, 1907. Educator. Librarian. University of Kentucky,
B.S. in Commerce, 1930. Died October 13, 1973.
was Executive Director of the American Library Association from 1951 until his
retirement in 1972. He went to the ALA from Yale University where he had served
as Associate Librarian since 1946. He was appointed to the Yale post in 1945
while still on wartime assignment with the U.S. Office of Strategic Services.
received a B.S. degree in Commerce from the University in 1930; his B.S. in
Library Service was awarded by Columbia University in 1931.
interest in library work began when he worked as a student assistant in the
UK library (1927-30), and as desk assistant during the summer of 1930 at the
Lexington Public Library. From 1931-37, he was a reference assistant at the
information desk at the New York Public Library, and in 1937 went to Columbia
University as assistant to the Director of Libraries.
the U.S. Army as a Private in 1942, he served briefly in the Medical Department
and was transferred to OSS, Washington, D.C.. He was assigned to the Interdepartmental
Committee for the Acquisition of Foreign Publications, serving successively
as Chief of the publication section, Chief of the analysis and abstract section,
and Deputy Chief of the division. He left the Army in 1945 as First Lieutenant.
going to Yale, he was a member and later acting Chief of the Library of Congress
Mission to Germany and spent six months in Germany on the cooperative acquisition
project which obtained for American research libraries copies of publications
which had appeared in enemy countries during the war. While at Yale, he was
chiefly concerned with personnel and general library administration. He was
Secretary, Vice President and President (1950-51) of the Connecticut Library
Association, taught for a summer session at the New Haven State Teachers College,
and was associate fellow of Trumbull College at Yale.
of the ALA Board on Personnel Administration, he was Chairman, 1950-51. He was
consultant on library matters to the U.S. Department of State and U.S. Office
of Education, a member of the Board of Visitors to the Library of Duke University,
and a member of the technical advisory committee for regional libraries at the
Connecticut State Department of Education. He was President of the New York
Library Club, 1941-42.
the war and as Executive Director of the ALA, he was concerned with librarianship
and education in many parts of the world. He was consultant and lecturer at
the Reunion Technical Bibliotecaries Agricolas de America Latina, Turialba,
1953; head of the delegation of U.S. Librarians to the Soviet Union, 1961; participant
in the Guest Program of the Federal Republic of Germany, 1963; consultant to
the Ford Foundation and the University of Brasilia, Brazil, 196368; honorary
trustee of the American Library in Paris since 1969; participant in the First
Japan-U.S. Conference on Libraries and Information Science in Higher Education
in Tokyo, and the Asia-Pacific Conference on Libraries and National Development
in Seoul, 1969; delegate to the International Federation of Library Associations
contributed to many professional publications. He was Chairman of the Yearbook
Committee of the National Society for the Study of Education, and was issue
editor of "Library Trends," January 1955. He was a member of the Delta
Sigma Pi; The Tavern Club (Chicago); honorary, Connecticut Library Association;
charter member of University of Kentucky Library Associates (awarded University
of Kentucky Founders Day Medal in 1957 for Distinguished Achievement in Librarianship);
received Joseph W. Lippincott Award for Notable Achievement in Librarianship
in 1962. Upon his retirement he was awarded a Fellowship in Comparative Librarianship
funded by contributions from Encyclopedia Britannica, Field Enterprises Education
Corporation, Grolier, Inc., and the H. W. Wilson Foundation, which involved
travel for consultation with library leaders and visits to libraries and library
David Horace Clift was named to
the Hall of Distinguished Alumni in February 1965.