Neil Radford

Neil Radford

  • ALIA Fellowship 1982

Taken from Kosa, G.A. (Ed.). 1990. Biographical Dictionary of Australian Librarians, p. 182.

Radford, Neil Anthony Charles B Ec DipLib AM PhD FLAA.  University librarian University of Sydney. Born 15 September 1941 Sydney, son of Leslie and Jean (McMahon) Radford. Education: North Sydney Boys High School, University of Sydney B Ec 1964, University of NSW DipLib 1966, University of Chicago US AM 1968 PhD 1972.  Positions: University of Sydney various positions 1959-65 circulation librarian 1966, University of Chicago assistant reference librarian 1967-71, University of Illinois US part time lecturer in librarianship 1968-70, Tasmanian CAE Hobart senior lecturer in librarianship 1972-73, University of Sydney associate librarian reader services 1973-80, present 1980 -.  Membership LAA fellow (NSW Branch secretary 1960-63, Board of Education 1974-chairman 1976-80, Publications Board 1981- chairman 1986-87), ALA, Australian Information Management Association (secretary 1985-86, president 1987). Special interests in education for librarianship, book collecting. [Note: Neil Radford retired from the Fisher Library University of Sydney in 1996.]

Taken from inCite 4 February 1994, p14 – article on Happy (library) families:

(Wilma Radford’s) nephew Neil followed her into librarianship in 1959, ‘When I left high school I enrolled in economics at the University of Sydney.  My father (Wilma’s brother) thought I should get a job and be an evening student, so he arranged an interview at the Reserve Bank for the position of trainee economist.  I was also interested in library work and Wilma arranged an interview with Bea Wines at the Fisher Library for as junior assistant position.  I was offered both jobs and have never regretted taking the library one.’  After working at Sydney, in the United States and in Tasmania, Neil has been University Librarian at Sydney since 1980.