Raymond Olding

Raymond Olding BEc FLAA

  • ALIA Fellowship 1967

Raymond Knox Olding received his education at the University of Adelaide. He entered librarianship in 1946 and was elected a professional member of the Library Association of Australia in 1956.

In 1956 F W Cheshire published Reading in Library Cataloguing, edited and introduced by R K Olding. This book has since gone into several overseas editions and has attracted very favourable comment both in Australia and abroad. The Board of Examiners has had no hesitation in adding it to the reading list for the registration examination.

In addition to this major work, Mr Olding has had published, articles, letters and reviews in the Australian Library Journal, in the Proceedings of the Association's conferences and elsewhere. He writes clearly and incisively and always with an eye towards the development of education for librarianship, an area in which he has always keenly interested.

He has also demonstrated a well developed practical interest in technical processes. He carried out significant research on the applications of xerography to catalogue card production long before this process was available commercially. More recently, he has worked on the design and production of printed catalogues in book form through the employment of modern data processing equipment.

The Board's investigations support the view that Mr Olding has been noted for the help he has given to young librarians in South Australia in their professional development, both formally and informally.

He has given long and distinguished service to the Association as an associate examiner and has recently brought honour to our profession in this county being invited to lecture in an American Library School of high repute.

The Board of Examiners commends Raymond Knox Olding to Council as a member of the Association who has achieved an international reputation for work in the field of cataloguing theory and practice. It is the Board's recommendation that he is well worthy of the honour of the Association's Fellowship.