Dietrich Borchardt

Dietrich H Borchardt  AM MA ALA DipNZLS FLAA (1916 - 1997)

H.C.L. Anderson Award Dietrich Hans Borchardt

Part citation in The Australian Library Journal, 19 October 1979, p331.

Dietrich Hans Borchardt, Chief Librarian, La Trobe University, has been awarded the Association’s H.C.L. Anderson Award for outstanding contributions to librarianship in Australia by a professional.

Dietrich Hans Borchardt, MA, DipNZ, ALA was elected a Fellow of the Library Association of Australian in 1963.

His Anderson Award citation reads in part:

‘In addition to the normal duties of a university librarian, Mr Borchardt has distinguished himself and performed a great service to scholarship by his contribution to bibliography.

‘He has served the Australian Advisory Council on Bibliographical Services as Chairman of its Working Party on Bibliography, in which capacity he has been tireless in promoting activity in this area and drawing the attention of scholars to it. He has been an adviser on bibliography to the National Library of Australia and has served on its councils.

‘He has served the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation as an adviser on a number of occasions; he has also served on the councils of the Victoria Institute of Colleges and the Victorian Council of the Arts.  He has represented Australia at meetings of the International federation of Library Associations, and has been active in promoting co-operation between Asian and Australian universities, and in advising on the development of certain Indonesian university libraries.

‘He has served our Association in innumerable capacities, including a term on the Board of Examiners.  He has presided over a Biennial Conference and has been chairman of both the Australian Advisory Council on Bibliographical Services and of its Standing Committee.

‘He is an author in his own right, and has produced such works as:  Australian Bibliography; Checklist of Royal Commissions, Select Committees of Parliament and Boards of Inquiry; How to Find out in Philosophy and Psychology; Union List of Periodicals in Library Science; Librarianship in Australia, New Zealand and Oceania (with John Horacek), and has published over 40 articles and innumerable reviews.

‘In addition, he founded the journal Australian Academic and Research Libraries, a scholarly quarterly of international renown, and remains today a principal and indefatigable editor.

‘He is Chairman of the Round Table of Editors of Library Journals for the International Federation of Library Associations and is also preparing for that body new editions of the Guide to the Availability of Theses. He has edited the soon-to-be-published work Australian Official Publications which will fill a considerable gap in our literature.’

Link to Australian Dictionary of Biography entry.