Meet the ACRL Presidents: David Kaser

Over the course of ACRL’s 75th anniversary celebration, we’ll highlight the association’sKaiser #1
history by profiling our past presidents.

David Kaser (1924- ), was the 31st president of ACRL, serving from 1968-1969. During that time, he was also the director of libraries at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.

Under his leadership the board recommended that the Subject Specialists Section be removed from ACRL in order to become an ALA Division and presented two resolutions related to the academic status of librarians to the ALA Executive Board. After serving in the Army during WWII, Kaser earned his B.A. in 1949 from Houghton College in New York, quickly followed by a M.A. in English from Notre Dame in 1950, and an AMLS and Ph.D. from the University of Michigan in 1956. He held library positions at Ball State, Washington University, and served as the director of the Joint University Libraries (now Vanderbilt University Libraries) prior to his position at Cornell University. He left Cornell University in 1973 to become a professor for the Graduate Library School at Indiana University. He had a very distinguished career which included being awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1967, a Distinguished Teaching Award from Indiana University, and Distinguished Alumnus from the University of Michigan. He served as the editor of College and Research Libraries, published over 200 articles and wrote, co-authored, or edited over fifteen books including, Just Lucky I Guess: My Adventurous Life as a Hoosier Librarian (2000).