The Tomorrow Librarian: Harold Billings
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Few can claim a career as long or legacy as lasting as Harold Billings. He began working for the University of Texas Libraries as a cataloger in 1954 while still pursuing his Master’s in Library Science and by 1978 was the director of the general libraries. He remained in that position until his retirement in 2003. As a result of his leadership, UT Libraries thrived, growing its collections, introducing new digital services, and building its reputation as one if the highest ranking research libraries in the nation. An exhibit highlighting Billings’ career and life will be on display in the Scholars Commons November 1 - December 3, and an online component can be viewed on Scalar http://scalar.usc.edu/works/harold-billings/index. Borrowing the title of Billings’ 1995 essay on the future of libraries, we’ve given the exhibit a name that we think embodies Billings’ role as an innovative leader in the field: The Tomorrow Librarian.