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Donald Eugene Riggs

Donald Eugene Riggs, American librarian, academic administrator. Recipient Alumnus of Year award Glenville State College, 1992; named Outstanding Young Educator, Ohio County Schools, 1966; Council on Library. Resources grantee, 1985; senior fellow University of California at Los Angeles, 1989.


  • Riggs, Donald Eugene was born on May 11, 1942 in Middlebourne, West Virginia, United States.

  • Education

    • Bachelor, Glenville State College, 1964. Master of Arts, West Virginia University, 1966. Master of Library Science, University Pittsburgh, 1968.

      Doctor of Education, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1975.


    • Head library, teacher science Warwood High School, West Virginia, 1964-1965, head library, audiovisual director, 1965-1967. Science and economics library California State College of Pennsylvania, 1968-1970. Director library and learning center Bluefield State College, 1970-1972.

      Director libraries and media services Bluefield State College, Concord College, Greenbrier Community College, and Southern campus West Virginia College of Graduate Studies, 1972-1976. Director libraries University Colorado, Denver, Metropolitan State College, and Community College of Denver- Auraria Campus, 1976-1979. University library Arizona State University, 1979-1988, dean university libraries, 1988-1990.

      Professor information and library science, dean university library University Michigan, Ann Arbor, 1991-1997. Professor, vice president for information services, university library Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida, from 1997. Adjunct professor California State College, 1968-1970, West Virginia University, 1970-1972, University Colorado, 1977-1979, University Arizona, 1985, Emporia State University, since 1996, University South Florida, since 1997.

      Federal relations coordinator American and West Virginia Library. Associations, 1970-1975. Chairman board directors Central Colorado Library.

      Systems, 1976-1979; chairman Colorado Council Academy Libraries, 1977-1978. Member executive board Colorado Alliance Research Libraries, 1978-1979. Consultant to libraries.

      Foreign assignments in Xi'an, China, 1988, Guadalajara, Mexico, 1990, Budapest, Hungary, 1991, 95, Hong Kong, 1992, 94, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 1993, Melbourne, Australia, 1994, Eupatory, Republic Crimea, Ukraine, 1995, London, 1996, Prague, Czech Republic, 1996, Beijing, China, 1996, 98, Pretoria, South Africa, 1996, others. Delegate Users Council Online Computer Library. Center, Dublin, Ohio, 1987-1991, president-elect, 1990-1991, chair artificial intelligence and expert systems national group, 1987-1988.

      Board governors Research Libraries Group, Inc., Mountain View, California, 1991-1992. Vice chairman management committee William L. Clements Library., 1991-1997.


    • Cultural Diversity in Libraries
    • This work aims to help librarians to identify their roles and responsibilities in relation to diversity, and to suggest approaches and methods for creating services, collections and personnel which are appropriate to a multicultural environment.
    • Expert Systems in Libraries:
    • Covers expert systems, software programs, computer assisted instruction, catalog automation, online retrieval use, and applications and management aspects.


    Trustee Mesa Public Library., Arizona, 1980-1986, chairman, 1985-1986. Member Arizona State Library. Advisory Council, 1981-1984.

    Board directors Documentation Abstracts, Inc., 1986-1990. Member American Library Association (councilor-at-large 1982-1986, 89-93, chairman county's resolutions committee 1985-1986, public committee 1988-1992, Hugh Atkinson award 1991), Arizona Library. Association (president college and university division 1981-1982, president 1983-1984, Special Service award 1986, Distinguished Service award 1990), Colorado Library.

    Association (president 1978-1979), West Virginia Library. Association (president 1975-1976), Association College and Research Libraries (president Tri-State chapter 1972-1974, president Arizona chapter 1981-1982), Southern Library. Association (chairman college and university section 1982-1983), Association Research Libraries (100th meeting planning committee 1982, management of research library resources committee 1990-1993, research collections committee 1993-1996), AMIGOS Bibliograph Council (trustee 1986-1990, chairman board trustees 1988-1989), Library.

    Administration and Management Association (board directors 1987-1989, president-elect 1993-1994, president 1994-1995), Library. Information and Technology Association (board directors 1989-1993), Center for Research Libraries (councilor 1979-1997), Florida Library. Association (chair leadership development committee 2003-2004), Mountain Plains Library.

    Association (board directors 1987-1990, president-elect 1990-1991), Southeast Florida Library. Information Network (executive committee, board directors since 1997, president 1998-1999), Beta Phi Mu, Chi Beta Phi, Phi Delta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi.


    • Married Jane Vasbinder, September 25, 1964. Children: Janna Jennifer, Krista Dyonis.
    • spouse: Jane Vasbinder
    • children: Janna Jennifer Riggs
    • Krista Dyonis Riggs
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    Died February 19, 2008
    (aged 65)
    • 1964
      Glenville State College
    • 1966
      West Virginia University
    • 1968
      University Pittsburgh
    • 1975
      Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    • 1964 - 1965
      Head, science Warwood High School
      West Virginia, United States
    • 1964 - 1965
      teacher, science Warwood High School
      West Virginia, United States
    • 1968 - 1970
      science and economics library California State College of Pennsylvania
    • 1970 - 1972
      director, library and learning center Bluefield State College
    • 1972 - 1976
      director, libraries and media services Bluefield State College
    • 1976 - 1979
      director, libraries University Colorado
      Denver, Colorado, United States
    • 1979 - 1988
      university library Arizona State University
    • 1988 - 1990
      university library Arizona State University
    • 1991 - 1997
      professor, information and library science
      Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
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