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Eli Martin Oboler

Eli Martin Oboler, American librarian. Recipient Robert Downs Intellectual Freedom award, 1976; Eli M. Oboler Library named in his honor Idaho State University, 1983.

Background

  • Oboler, Eli Martin was born on September 26, 1915 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. Son of Leo and Clara (Obelr) Oboler.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, University Chicago, 1941. Postgraduate School Library Sciences, University Chicago, 1949. Bachelor of Science, Columbia University, 1942.

    Career

    • Assistant chief Lend-Lease Expediting Bureau, War Production Board, 1942-1943. Head reserved book room University Chicago, 1946-1949, librarian University College, 1947-1949. Lecturer great books program University Chicago, 1948-1949.

      Librarian Idaho State College, 1949-1963. University librarian Idaho State University, 1963-1981. Summer school faculty Utah State University, 1960, 66, University Washington, 1975.

      Lecturer library schools, from 1981. Conductor weekly radio program Books and You, 1949-1976. Member panel weekly television program Idaho Looks at the World, 1973-1976.

      Columnist Intermountain and Alameda Enterprise, 1952-1960, Idaho State Journal, 1960-1965, 81-83, reviewer Library Journal, from 1953, Choice, from 1964, Intermountain Observer, 1967-1973, Western Critic, 1973-1975.

    Works

    Religion

    Denomination: Judaism

    Membership

    Member National Advisory Committee Library Research and Training Projects, 1966-1969, chairman, 1968-1969. Board directors Pocatello United Campaign Fund, 1961-1966. Member advisory council Pacific Northwest Regional Health Sciences Library, University Washington, 1968-1977.

    Director for Idaho, Pacific Northwest Bibliographical Center, 1970-1971. Trustee, executive committee Freedom to Read Foundation, 1971-1975, 76-80, vice president, 1979-1980. With United States Army, 1943-1946.

    Member American Library Association (councilor representing Idaho 1950-1958, chairman library periodicals roundtable 1953, Idaho chairman membership committee 1954-1959, Intellectual Freedom committee, 1964-1970, councilor-at-large 1977-1981, vice chairman Intellectual Freedom Round Table 1979-1980, chairman 1980-1981, Heriot-Watt University periodical award 1964, post-mortem cash award Intellectual Freedom Round Table 1985), Pacific Northwest (chairman legislation committee 1951-1953, president 1955-1956, chairman publications committee 1958-1967), Idaho (president 1950-1953, chairman publications committee 1950-1954, chairman library education committee 1961-1963, chairman Intellectual Freedom committee 1967-1979, named Idaho Librarian of Year 1974) library associations, Association College and Research Libraries (member editorial board 1962-1963, chairman college section 1963-1964), B'nai B'rith (local president 1951-1953).

    Connections

    • Married Marcia Lois Wolf, December 25, 1938. Children: Leon David, Carol Judy.
    • father: Leo Oboler
    • mother: Clara (Obelr) Oboler
    • spouse: Marcia Lois Wolf
    • children: Leon David Oboler
    • Carol Judy Oboler
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    Born September 26, 1915
    Died June 15, 1983
    (aged 67)
    Nationality
    • 1941
      University Chicago
    • 1949
      University Chicago
    • 1942
      Columbia University
    • 1942 - 1943
      Assistant, chief Lend-Lease Expediting Bureau
    • 1946 - 1949
      head, reserved book room University Chicago
    • 1947 - 1949
      head, reserved book room University Chicago