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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.


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


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


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.


book Ideas and the University Library: Essays of an Unorthodox Academic Librarian (Contributions in Librarianship and Information Science) book Defending Intellectual Freedom: The Library and the Censor (Contributions in Librarianship and Information Science) book Censorship and Education (The Reference shelf) book The Fear of the Word: Censorship and Sex


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).


Married Marcia Lois Wolf, December 25, 1938. Children: Leon David, Carol Judy.

Leo Oboler

Clara (Obelr) Oboler

Marcia Lois Wolf

Leon David Oboler

Carol Judy Oboler