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Vail Deale

Excerpt from: College and Research Libraries (April 1980, p.111)

     H. Vail Deale, director of libraries and chair, Department of Library Science at Beloit College for the past twenty-seven years, will retire June 1. Deale began his professional career at Northwestern University under Theodore Wesley Koch. Following World War II, he held positions at Ripon (WI) College, Drake University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. In the summer of 1953 he was invited to accept the directorship at Beloit. The highlight of his Beloit career was the planning and completion of the Colonel Robert H. Morse Library in 1962.

     A life member of the American Library Association, Deale has served as chair of the ALA International Relations Committee (1957-77); chair of the ACRL College Section (1961-62); chair of the ACRL Grants Committee (1967-70); and a member of the ACRL Sandards Committee. He was president of the Wisconsin Library Association in 1960-61 and served a six year term on the Governor's Council on Library Development.

     In 1965-66, Deale received the first administrative sabbatical ever given at Beloit when he accepted a Fulbright award as consultant to Pahlavi University, Shiraz, Iran. While in Iran he supervised the planning and construction of Iran's first academic library; taught a basic course in library science; and served as the acting director of libraries. Less than five years later, he was invited to return to Iran on a Fulbright award to teach on the faculty of the Library School, University of Tehran.

     A charter member of the Midwest Academic Libarians Conference (MALC), Deale is the author of two historical articles summarizing its history. He has been a contributor to professional journals and was editor of the special issue of Library Trends (July 1969) on college librarianship.

     A graduate of DePaul University (B.A., 1936), Deale received his M.L.S. from the University of Illinois (1937), and a masters in American literature from Drake University (1951).


Examples of Archives Holdings:
       - Biographical data
       - Iran materials (Fulbright award)
       - Letters
       - Midwest Academic Library Conference information
       - Photographs
       - Publications