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About Laurel A Grotzinger (1935-2017)

Laurel A. Grotzinger, Professor Emerita at University Libraries at Western Michigan University, retired after a long and distinguished career. She graduated cum laude with an A.B. in English and minors in French and History from Carleton College, Northfield, MN. She received her Library Science M.S. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois. In 1964 she arrived at Western Michigan University as an Assistant Professor and two years later became the Assistant Director of the WMU School of Librarianship. In 1979 she became the Dean of the Graduate College, the first woman in WMU to be appointed to a dean position, which she held for 13 years. Over the years she was also the Chief Research Officer, Dean of the School of Library and Information Science, administrative head of the graduate science education unit and the Center for the Study of Ethics in Society. In 1993 she came to the University Libraries as a Professor.
Laurel Grotzinger has served the University, Kalamazoo, and academic communities during her long career at WMU. She was president of the Faculty Senate in the 1970s, chair of the Graduate Studies Council for 13 years, president of the Kalamazoo Public Library Board of Trustees in the early 1990s. She was president of the Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters for two terms and an active member of the American Association of University Professors, the American Library Association, the Michigan Library Association, the Association for Library and Information Science Education, the Council of Graduate Schools, the Michigan Council of Graduate Deans, the Midwest Association of Graduate Schools, and the National Council of University Research Administrators.
Professor Grotzinger has a distinguished scholarly record as well as active memberships in Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, and Delta Kappa Gamma, plus official listings in half a dozen professional biographical directories. She received the distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science based on her many presentations at professional conferences and publications. She has written dozens of articles and reviews as well as book chapters, reference book sections, and a major pioneering monograph and articles on library history and women in her discipline.
Laurel Grotzinger has been a presence and participant in higher education at Western Michigan University for over 50 years, working with six of the eight University presidents. Countless students have benefited from her wisdom and years of experience, and she has had a major impact on library and information science, graduate education, and the University Libraries at WMU.


Present Professor Emerita, Western Michigan University

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Honors and Awards

  • Distinguished Alumna Award from the University of Illinois Graduate School of Library Science

Contact Information

University Libraries
1903 W. Michigan Ave.
Kalamazoo, MI
Office Telephone: (269)-387-5418


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