Meet the ACRL Presidents: William H. Carlson

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

William H. Carlson (1898–1990) was the 10th president of ACRL, serving from 1947-1948. He was the director of the Libraries for the Oregon State System of Higher Education at Corvallis during the same time and served in that position for a period of twenty years. Before his appointment as the head librarian for Oregon State University in 1945, Carlson worked in several college and university libraries, including: the University of Iowa, University of North Dakota, Vanderbilt University, the University of Arizona, and the University of Washington.

He has also served as a president of the Library Education division of the American Library Association and was an active member of the Bibliographical Society, Pacific Northwest Library Association and Society for Advancement of Scandinavian Studies. Active in research on library topics, Carlson published a number of articles and reviews on contemporary topics in library science, notably Development and Financial Support of Seven Western and Northwestern State University Libraries (1938).