A Profile of Marta Lange

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Marta Lange, born in Michigan in 1954, was a bright and rising star in academic librarianship when she died from injuries sustained in an automobile accident in 1992. She completed her undergraduate education at Central Michigan University, and had masters degrees in Spanish and library science, the former from the Universidad de Salamanca and the latter from the University of Michigan. After earning her masters in library science, she worked as a reference librarian at the M.D. Anderson Library, University of Houston, and quickly rose to the position of assistant head of the department. In 1986, she became Head of Reference at North Carolina State University Libraries, a position she held until her death.

Marta Lange was active in a number of civic and professional groups, including the American Civil Liberties Union, American Business Women's Association, North Carolina Library Association, and the American Library Association. Her history of the development of the standard reference work, Roget's Thesaurus, was published in Distinguished Classics of Reference Publishing (Oryx Press, 1992).

Marta Lange's contributions to the Law and Political Science Section are noteworthy. In the mid-1980s she chaired the LPSS Publications Committee and during her tenure, wrote the section's first policy and procedures manual, which became a model for other ACRL sections. She also chaired several successful conference program planning committees, and was elected vice chair/chair elect in 1989. She served as chair during 1990/91.

Marta Lange brightened and enriched all of the professional settings in which she worked. LPSS is fortunate to have been graced by her presence. A natural leader, she combined tact and competence with a warm and welcoming manner. She accomplished much in an all-too-brief career, and is fondly remembered.

Last updated: July 13, 2010

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