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Bernard Kreissman, American librarian. Grolier scholar Rutgers University seminar advanced library administration, 1955.


Kreissman, Bernard was born on June 17, 1919 in New York City. Son of Nathan and Sonia (Weisberg) Kreissman.


Bachelor of Specialized Studies, City College of New York, 1948. Master of Arts, Columbia University, 1949. Master of Science in liberal studies, Columbia University, 1954.

Doctor of Philosophy, University Nebraska, 1962.


Instructor remedial reading, 1937-1938. Member staff New York Public library, 1946-1954, supervisor main reading room, 1951-1954. Assistant director libraries, associate professor University Nebraska, 1954-1962.

Chief librarian, professor City College New York, 1962-1974. University librarian University California at Davis, since 1974. Member Council Higher Educational Institutions, 1962-1966, chairman library advisory board, 1964-1966.

Member accreditation team Western Association Schools and Colleges, 1979, 80, 82. Representative of American Library Association (on national commission literature of National Council Teachers English), 1964-1972. Lecturer Pratt Institute Graduate School Library Service, 1966.

Instructor Columbia University School Library Service, 1969. Adjunct professor library science department Queens College, City University of New York, 1972. Trustee metropolitan New York Metropolitan Reference and Research Library Agency, Inc., 1972-1974, chairman administrative services committee, 1970-1972.

Member goverance committee California Library Authority System and Services, 1974-1976, member planning committee, 1974-1976, member interim planning committee, 1976-1978. Member task force on legislation California State Library, 1975, member advisory council, 1975-1977. United Nations Educational consultant, Venezuela, 1980.

Consultant management University Wisconsin, 1978, University Illinois, University Maryland, Naval War College Library, others.


  • Other Work

    • Author: Pamela-Shamela, A Study of Criticisms, Burlesques, Parodies and Adaptations of Richardson's Pamela, 1960. Also articles. Editor: (Sir Walter Scott) Life of John Dryden, 1963, Advances in Library Administration and Organization, since 1982.


Served with United States Army Air Force, 1943-1946, PTO. Member American Library Association, American Library Association Library Administration and Management Association (chairman buildings and equipment section 1979-1980, executive committee, chairman, executive board, member statistics for college and university libraries committee since 1981), Association College and Research Libraries (legislation committee 1978-1980), California Library Association (vice president, president elect 1983, president 1984), Association College and Research Libraries (White House conference and state library conferences ad hoc committee 1978-1979), American Association of University Professors (executive committee City College New York chapter 1964), New York Library Club (executive council 1962, chairman scholarship committee 1963-1965, president 1966-1967), Archons of Colophon (convenor 1971), Roxburghe Club, Sierra Club (volunteer staff since 1985, secretary since 1987, California representative since 1987, Northern California/Nevada regional conservation committee, volunteer coordinator Mother Lode chapter since 1985, chairman Yolano group since 1987).


Married Shirley Fabian Relis, August 29, 1942. Children: Jane Starrett Jan, Judith Ann, Gregory George.

Nathan Kreissman

Sonia (Weisberg) Kreissman

Shirley Fabian Relis

Jane Starrett Jan Kreissman

Judith Ann Kreissman

Gregory George Kreissman