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educator , Information scientist

Richard Sweeney Halsey, American information scientist, educator. Recipient Outstanding Service to Libraries award New York Library. Association, 1983, Alumni Achievement award Simmons College School Library. Science, 1991; United States Office Education fellow, 1969-1972.


Halsey, Richard Sweeney was born on April 8, 1929 in Los Angeles, California, United States. Son of John Calvin Sweeney and Grace Thorne (Crossman) Halsey.


Bachelor in Music, New England Conservatory Music, 1952. Master in Music, New England Conservatory Music, 1954. Master of Science, Simmons College, 1962.

Doctor of Philosophy, Case Western Reserve University, 1972.


Chief audio-visual department, Washington University Libraries, St. Louis, 1962-1965;director learning resources, University Missouri School District, 1965-1968;information scientist, Center Midwestern Regional Education Laboratory, St. Ann, Missouri, 1968-1969;assistant professor Library. Science, U. Toronto, Canada, 1972-1973;associate professor Library. and Information Science, State University of New York, Albany, 1973-1979;dean, State University of New York, Albany, 1980-1993;associate professor information science, State University of New York, Albany, since 1994. Visiting professor Nankai U., Tianjin, People's Republic of China.

Member steering committee New York Governor's Conference on Library. and Information Superior vena cava syndrome, 1989-1991. Alternate delegate White House Conference on Library. and Information Superior vena cava syndrome, 1991. Chairman Association Library. and Information Science Education White House Conference Task Force.

Representative region I White House conference task force, since 1995. Consultant in field.


  • book

  • Other Work

    • Author: Classical Music Recordings for Home and Library, 1976. Managing editor CLiC Quarterly, 1982-1984. Editorial board Civil Defense Review Digest.

      Associate editor The Acquisitions Library., 1988. Chairperson, board contributors biblio.

      Funk and Wagnalls New Encyclopedia, since 1988.


Member steering committee New York State Parents as Reading Partners, since 1979. 28th Congressional District Coordinator Common Cause, 1979-1980, state secretary, 1980-1981. Executive director Citizens' Library.

Council New York State, since 1981. Advisory board Capital District Fund for Modern Courts, 1981-1995, New York State History Records, since 1985. Chairman committee New York State Library., 1993-1996.

Member library science program advisory board Wayne State University, since 1992. With United States Army, 1954-1955. Member Academy Political Science, American Academy Political and Social Science, American Library Association (chairman Reference and Subscription Books Review Committee 1975-1979, advisory board Booklist Editorial 1972-1979, Wilson Indexes Committee 1982-1986), American Management Association, American Society Information Science, Library Association and.

Information Science Education (chairman various committees), Association Records Managers and Administrators (Albany chapter, chairman Education Committee, liaison Association of Records Managers and Administrators-Communications Resource Management 1989-1991), Book Industry Study Group (board directors 1987-1993), International Society for Knowledge Organization, Pi Kappa Lambda.


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: music, reading, traveling.


Married Louise Rodgers, December 18, 1954 (divorced September 1958). Married Patricia Siver, July 15, 1961 (divorced February 1991). Children: Rachel Gratia, Gabriela Libra.

Married Gillian Maclauchlan McCombs, March 25, 1991.

John Calvin Sweeney Halsey

Grace Thorne (Crossman) Halsey

Louise Rodgers

Patricia Siver

Gillian Maclauchlan McCombs

Rachel Gratia Halsey

Gabriela Libra Halsey