Meet the ACRL Presidents: Robert W. Severance

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

Robert W. Severance (1908-2005) was the 15th president of ACRL, serving from 1952-1953. While serving as president of ACRL, he was also a librarian at Baylor University. Among his many achievements over the years, he founded the Federal Librarians Round Table. Upon leaving Baylor University, Severance became the Director of Libraries at the Air University. During his years at the Air University he became a strong advocate for the Military Librarians Workshop which was originated by his predecessor at the college. Throughout his tenure, he continued to advocate for military libraries and librarians.