Meet the ACRL Presidents: Robert Gordon Vosper

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

Robert Gordon Vosper (1913-1994) was the 18th president of ACRL, serving from 1955-1956. During that time, he served as director of the William Andrews Clark Library at UCLA, a position he held from 1961-1983. Vosper received his B.A. and M.A. in classics from the University of Oregon in 1937 and 1939, and his degree in librarianship from UC-Berkeley in 1940. Under his leadership, ACRL worked to promote the role of libraries in higher education and solicited funds for those efforts from both the government and private entities. He also served as president of ALA from 1965-1966, and vice-president of IFLA from 1971-1977. Vosper received the Joseph W. Lippincott Award in 1985, and was named one of the top 100 librarians of the 20th century by American Libraries for his commitment to intellectual freedom and the right to libraries.