Meet the ACRL Presidents: Charles B. Shaw

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’s history by profiling our past presidents.

Charles B. ShawCharles B. Shaw (1894-1962) was the sixth president of ACRL, serving from 1943-1944. During that time, he was also the librarian at Swarthmore College in Swarthmore, PA. Under his leadership, ACRL focused its efforts on setting forth the role of academic libraries in the postwar world. Prior to his service to ACRL, he served as vice-president of the Pennsylvania Library Association (1937-38) and president of the Philadelphia Metropolitan Library Council (1941-42). Shaw was responsible for compiling the Shaw List of Books for College Libraries in 1931, a major collection resource of the period, as well as resources on biographies and American painters. A fellowship is endowed in his name at Indiana University’s School of Library and Information Science for potential in academic librarianship.