Wisconsin Library Heritage Center

The Wisconsin Library Heritage Center is a program of the Wisconsin Library Association Foundation promoting understanding and appreciation of the history of libraries and librarianship in Wisconsin.

Walter Mcmynn Smith (1869 – 1938)

Posted by Larry Nix
Larry Nix
Larry Nix has not set their biography yet
User is currently offline
on Tuesday, October 18, 2011 in Hall of Fame

smith-walter-80.jpgWalter Mcmynn Smith is one of seven individuals who will be inducted into the Wisconsin Library Hall of Fame on November 3, 2011 at the Awards and Honors Banquet during the Wisconsin Library Association Conference in Milwaukee. Smith became the first full time Librarian of the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1891 and served in that capacity until 1937. During his tenure the library grew from a staff of one to a staff of 35 and the library increased its holdings from 18,000 to 475,000 volumes. Smith was one of the founders of the Wisconsin Library Association in 1891, and he was the first academic librarian to serve as President of WLA (1908-1909). Smith oversaw the move of the University library from Library Hall to the new building of the Historical Society of Wisconsin in 1900 where it shared space with the Society’s library. Starting in 1893 Smith gave a series of lectures about the library to students, one of the early examples of library instruction in the nation. Smith was born in Janesville, Wisconsin. He was listed in Who’s Who in America (1936) and is included in the Dictionary of Wisconsin History. Smith was one of 67 American librarians elected to the prestigious American Library Institute when it was organized in 1905. 
 

Comments

No comments made yet. Be the first to submit a comment

Leave your comment

Guest Sunday, May 28, 2017

Categories

Popular Tags

Library People WLA 125 Dianne McAfee Hopkins Wisconsin Library Trustees and Friends Richard E. Krug Bernard Schwab anniversaries Ruth Ann Montgomery Katharine MacDonald Jones bed and breakfast Charles Bunge Library people 24 Increase A. Lapham Portage Public Library Black River Falls Special libraries Peter G. Hamon Sarah Janice Kee Gilbert H. Doane Hall of Fame 2014 Pinback buttons Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Buttons Wisconsin Rapids Kimberly-Little Chute Public Library Oshkosh Public Library library exhibit Wisconsin Free Library Commission Lutie Stearns Cam Library History DeForest Area Public Library Wayne A. Wiegand Library people Postcards campaign Nolan I. Neds 22 Governor's Conference on Library and Information Services 10 Soughton Public Library Library Systems Public library systems Irene W. Newman Appleton Public Library Parcel post Hall of Fame 2008 Brown Deer Public Library Public libraries UW-Milwaukee Libraries trav 23 membership libraries Library Artifacts Anniversaries Hall of Fame 2010 Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Manitowoc Public Library Orrilla Blackshear Amer Hall of Fame 2011 McMillan Memorial Library Dorothea M. Krause 20 Postcards Hall fo Fame 2012 Clinton Public Library presentations Evansville Wisconsin Library Buildings Pewaukee Public Library World War I Inform Wisconsin Woman's Congress Milwaukee Public Library Hall of Fame 2009 Campaign Wisconsin Library Heritage Center WHCLIS Zona Gale state historical society James Duane Doty Brown Deer Public Library library memorabilia Hall cam caly film Black River Falls Public Library Wisconsin State Law Library S. Janice Kee archives WLA 125 Uncategorized Hall of Fame 2015 Library e American Library Association campaign Carnegie libraries Association of Library Trustees Advocates and Friends John Miller Chancellor State Law Library American Library Association Library War Service Postcards National Library Week Hall of Fame 2015 Anniversaries White House Conference on Library and Information Services Brown County Library Hall of Fame 2015 School of Library and Information Studies ca Frank Avery Hutchins Library Buidlings UW-Milwaukee School of Information Studies Wisconsin State Normal School-Milwaukee 28 Campaing for Wisconsin Libraries Clarence Brown Lester WLA 125 library legislation Gerald A. Somers Beloit Public Library Marketing-Publicity Hall of Fame 2015 campa UW-Madison school of library and information studies Cornelia Marving Pierce Digital Collections Milwaukee Art Museum Postcards T. B. Scott Free Public Library Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Edward Asahel Birge books-by-mail WAAL Ripon Public Library Wisconsin Free Library Commission CCBC People Hall of Fame 2012 Library celebrations Wilbur Lyle Eberhart hall of WLA 125 Jane K. Billings caly film bookworm Meter mail slogans Hall of Fame 2016 Hartford Public Library Hall of Fame 2012 James Huff Stout Lutie Eugenia Stearns 14 Hall of Fame 2013 Wisconsin Library Bulletin Centennial library education Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries J. D. Witter Campaign for Wisconsin Libraries Historical Register Middleton Public Library Library Trustees Superior Carnegie Libraries Hall of Fame 2015 27 campaign Madison Public Library Matthew S. Dudgeon Hall of Fame 2012 Academic Libraries Larry T. Nix Carl Spitzweg Ice Storm 11 Delia Ovitz Eratus Swift Wilcox traveling libraries Gertrude Thurow Marjorie Sornson Malmberg Academic Librarians Events & Meetings Public libraries Elroy Public Library Beaver Dam Public Library Cooperative Children's Book Center Milwaukee Public Library I Love Libraries Klaus Linderfelt Wisconsin Library Association Events WWI Library War Service Wisconsin Association of Academic Librarians Campaign Capitol Fire 1904 Campaign buil National Bookmobile Day School libraries Publications Wisconsin Historical Society Bookmobiles William J. Wilson Events & Meetings Rusk County Community Library Suring Area Public Library COLAND caly film Council on Library and Network Development Eager Free Public Library 21 Jerome P. Daniels Wisconsin Literary Travel Guide Exhibits Tower Hill Wisconsin background

Wisconsin Library Association Foundation Logo