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Louise Giles, 1930-1976

Louise Jones Giles, 46, outstanding in the field of community college learning resource centers, a leader in the American Library Association, and past president of the Association of College and Research Libraries, died on December 31, 1976. Detroit firemen responding to a fire in her home discovered the bodies of Louise and her husband of 23 years at about 6:30 a.m.

Mrs. Giles was born in Aragon, Georgia, on April 20, 1930. She received her B.A. in foreign languages from the University of Akron in 1952 and her M.S.in library science from Drexel Institute of Technology in 1953 (Alice B. Kroeger Scholarship recipient). In 1953 she received the Buenos Aires Convention Fellowship to spend one year as an exchange student in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. She had completed course work for her doctorate from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Michigan.

At the time of her death, Mrs. Giles was dean of learning resources at Macomb County Community College, Warren, Michigan, a position she had held since March 1970. Although her contributions were most instrumental in the growth and influence of learning resources, her influence and insight will be sorely missed throughout the college. Prior work experiences were positions as associate dean of learning resources at Oakland Community College, first at Highland Lakes Campus, Union Lake, Michigan, and then at Orchard Ridge Campus, Farmington, Michigan, in 1965-70, and head of the foreign language collection and first assistant, young adult and adult librarian at Detroit Public Library in 1953-65.

Mrs. Giles was active in the American Library Association (past president of ACRL, past chairman of the Community and Junior College Libraries Section, member of many ALA committees), Michigan Library Association, Association for Educational Communications and Technology, Michigan Association of Administrators of Learning Resources, National Society for Programmed Instruction, Michigan Association of Community College Instructional Administrators, and Michigan Academy of Science, Arts and Letters. She had served on accreditation teams for both the North Central Association and the Middle States Association Commission of Higher Education and had just completed an accreditation visit for the Middle States Association at the Caribbean Junior College, Puerto Rico, in November.

Mrs. Giles had been appointed a member of the Library Advisory Committee which was established by Dr. Daniel J. Boorstin, Librarian of Congress, to review the LC operation with an eye toward reorganization.

She was a recipient of the John S. Brubacher Award from the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Michigan in 1975 for her outstanding graduate essay on the history and philosophy of higher education.

Her publications included: Aspects of the Junior College Field, A Bibliography, AACJC, 1969; “Planning Community College Resource Centers,” American Libraries, January 1971; “Focus on Community College Libraries,” Michigan Librarian, Summer 1971; “The Black Librarian as Change Agent” in What Black Librarians Are Saying, edited by E. J. Josey, Scarecrow Press, 1972; “On the Cutting Edge of Change” in Flew Dimensions in Academic Library Service, edited by E. J. Josey, Scarecrow Press, 1973.

Edwin C. Giles attended Kent State University. He was graduated from Wayne State University, Detroit, Michigan, with a master of arts degree in administration. He taught in the school system of Detroit and for the past few years he was principal of the Scripps Elementary School.

Mr. and Mrs. Giles are survived by their daughter, Susan, 19, who is a student at City University of New York; her mother, Mrs. Roberta Glenn; her sister, Mrs. Elsie Ashworth; and his mother, Mrs. Doll Giles, all of Akron, Ohio. Memorial contributions may be made to the Detroit Chapter of the NAACP, 2990 E. Grand Blvd., Detroit, MI 48202; Big Brothers of Detroit, 15800 W. McNichols, Detroit, MI 48235; or the Minority Scholarship Fund, ALA, 50 E. Huron St., Chicago, IL 60611. ■■

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