28th August, 2014
“So I say to Miss Ahern, as she lays down her editorial pen: Your periodical has been an inspiration to literally thousands of workers in the library field; some mere beginners but also to many others who have grown old in professional library service. You have always stood for the highest ideals; you have constantly championed what seemed the right course, even though it might not be the popular one toward which the crowd seemed to be hurrying. You have invariably stood for full and free discussion of every mooted question and have claimed the right to look at it from various angles. You have refused to accept obiter dicta without rigid scrutiny. You have been fearless in the championship of what you thought to be the right. You never courted favor at the expense of your convictions.”
Theodore W. Koch, librarian, Northwestern University Library. Libraries, Vol. 36, No. 10, Dec. 1931. pp 436-7. From the University of Illinois Library.
Read more about Mary Eileen Ahern at the ALA Archives blog at the University of Illinois archives.
(I found this blog post after reading their post about the Knapp School Libraries Project. Longtime WoLH readers will remember that our very first post, written by Peggy Sullivan herself, was about the Knapp School Libraries Project.)