Meet the ACRL Presidents: Wyman W. Parker

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

Wyman W. Parker served as the 22nd president of ACRL from 1959-1960. Prior to this, he was the director of the Kenyon College Library in Ohio. He received his library degree from Columbia and worked as a librarian at the University of Cincinnati, Wesleyan University, Middlebury College and Bread Loaf Summer School. During his ACRL presidency, a grant of $35,000 was obtained from the United States Steel Foundation Inc., which made possible the fifth annual ACRL grants program. He also served as the chair of the ACRL College Libraries Section from 1949-1950. He was an active member of the ACRL Committee to Study Materials for Instruction in the Use of the Library, Vermont Historical Society, Midwest Inter-Library Corporation, Bibliographical Society (London). He chaired the Ohio College Library Association. He was a major contributor of articles and reviews to The Library Quarterly, Library Journal, and The Journal of Higher Education.