Meet the ACRL Presidents: Winifred Ver Nooy

Winifred Ver NooyWinifred Ver Nooy (1891-1967) was the seventh president of ACRL, serving from 1944-45. Prior to her service as ACRL President she served as president of the Illinois Library Association from 1933-34. She also served as president of the Chicago Library Club.

Ver Nooy received her Bachelor of Philosophy degree in 1912 and began working at Harper Library on the campus of the University of Chicago. She took a two year professional leave to attend library school at New York State Library School, receiving her professional degree in 1915. She then returned to the University of Chicago to serve as a reference librarian. She taught for the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago and at the University of Illinois Library School.

During her ACRL presidency, Ver Nooy published two articles, “Keeping After – War Goals in View” and “University Reference Work After the War,” in College & Research Libraries that focus on the contributions academic librarians could make to helping recovery efforts after World War II. Ver  Nooy made application to the ALA executive board in June of 1945, at the end of her presidential tenure, to request that an ALA staff person serve as liaison to ACRL.