Crystal Graham, 1952-2000 (fwd) Birdie MacLennan 21 Aug 2000 14:03 UTC

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Date: Thu, 17 Aug 2000 17:01:26 -0700
From: Linda Barnhart <lbarnhart@UCSD.EDU>
Subject: Crystal Graham, 1952-2000
Sender: OCLC Internet Cataloging project <INTERCAT@OCLC.ORG>

Crystal Graham, 47, a librarian at the University of California, San Diego
(UCSD), passed away on Thursday, August 10, 2000. Her valiant battle of
many years against a debilitating arthritis typified Crystal's spirit. She
exemplified strength and courage, and her ability to overcome adversity
was an inspiration to us all at UCSD. A memorial service will be held at
the UCSD Faculty Club on Tuesday, August 22 at 3:30 p.m.

Crystal was an extraordinary librarian and a giant in the field of
bibliographic control. She was a strong and articulate leader, and her
vision helped inspire dramatic changes in cataloging standards. Her
passion for improved bibliographic access was always framed in terms of
the needs of library users; her goals always related to making materials
easier to find. She will be missed as a leader, a colleague, and a friend.

Some of Crystal's many accomplishments include:
   * In 1998, receiving the Bowker/Ulrich's Serials Librarianship award
   * In 1997, being invited to participate in the "International
Conference on the Principles and  Future Development of AACR" in Toronto,
where her co-authored paper "Issues Related to Seriality" stimulated a
thorough reconsideration of bibliographic standards for serials
   * In 1995, being invited to participate in the ALCTS Preconference
"AACR 2000: The Future of the Descriptive Cataloging Rules" in Chicago
   * In 1990, being asked to serve as a Visiting Program Officer for the
Association of Research Libraries, charged with preparing guidelines
for the creation of bibliographic records for preservation microform masters
   * In 1989, being invited to participate in the Airlie House "Multiple
Versions Forum" in Warrenton, VA, which led to an ideology of consolidated
bibliographic records for equivalent formats.

Crystal's career in librarianship began in 1976 with a graduate
assistantship to the Latin American bibliographer at Indiana University.
Upon receiving both an M.A. in Latin American Studies and an M.L.S.
there in 1977, she took a position at Cornell University as the Associate
CONSER Project Director. In 1979, she moved to New York University as a
serials cataloger. Crystal came to UCSD in February 1986 as a science
monographs cataloger, eventually holding the position of Head, Digital
Information and Serials Cataloging Team.

Crystal had a strong love of reading, ice-skating, dance, and the movies.
Her husband, Neil Stuart, asks that memorial contributions be made either
to the Arthritis Foundation or to the Freedom to Read Foundation.