Meet the ACRL Presidents: Donald Coney

ACRL’s presidents are an important part of association history. Join us over the course of the 75th anniversary celebration as we profile our past leaders.Donald Coney

Donald Coney (1901–1973) was the fourth president of ACRL, serving from 1941-1942. He was the head director of the University of Texas (UT) library during the same time, a position he served for a period of 11 years until 1945. While president, he published “Libraries and the Long Haul,” in College and Research Libraries News, describing the impact of the war on library operations including the shortage of catalog card stock and essential binding materials. He has also served as a librarian at the University of Delaware, University of Michigan, University of North Carolina and Newberry Library in Chicago. He later went on to become the University librarian and professor of librarianship at the University of California at Berkeley for twenty-three years until his retirement in 1968. Don Coney was instrumental in making Berkeley a world-class university. He created the University Library as it is known today, and it remains his achievement. He served on the executive board of the Council of the American Library Association. Some of his remarkable publications include “Scientific Management and University Libraries,” “Report of the Survey of the Indiana University Library,” and “The Administration of Technical Processes.” He was a frequent contributor to professional periodicals.