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Budington, William S.

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • National Issues Advisory Council, MLA Representative on National Information Policy, 1980–1981
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Recommend Additional Sources of Income for MLA, Member, 1979–1980
  • Ad Hoc Committee to Study MLA Group Structure, Member, 1975–1978
  • Ad Hoc Search Committee for Executive Secretary, Member, 1972–1973
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, MLA Representative, 1971–1975
  • Convention Committee, Printing Committee, Chair, 1961–1962

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 1985
  • American Academy of Health Information Professionals
  • Johnson-Budington Library of the C. G. Jung Institute of Colorado, Denver, named in honor of William and Irma Johnson Budington
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Fellow
  • Special Libraries Association (SLA), Hall of Fame, 1984
  • Association College and Research Libraries, Academy Research Librarian of Year, 1982
  • SLA Special Award: Illinois Chapter, SLA, for the SLA monograph, Special Libraries: A Guide for Management, a chapter project, 1967
  • SLA, John Cotton Dana Lecture, Drexel Institute of Technology, 1966

Other Accomplishments & Activities

  • Founded Colorado Springs branch of C. C. Jung Society (with Irma Budington), 1984
  • Association of Research Libraries, President, 1974–1975; Board of Directors, Member, 1970–1974
  • Center for Research Libraries, Chair, 1972; Board of Directors, Member, 1970–1972
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Visiting Committee on Libraries, Member, 1972–1977
  • Special Library Association, Mutual Exchange Delegation to the Soviet Union, Member, 1966–1967; President, 1964–1965; Board of Directors, Member, 1958–1965

Publications (5 representative)

Articles published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association or Journal of the Medical Library Association are available via PMC.

  • Budington WS. To enlarge sphere of human knowledge - role of independent research library. Coll Res Lib. 1976;37(4):299–315 . 
  • Budington WS, issue ed. Library services in metropolitan areas. Lib Trends. 1974 Oct;23(2).
  • Budington WS. Service to industry by independent research libraries. Lib Trends. 1966; 14(3):288–94 .
  • Budington WS. Objectives and standards for special libraries. Spec Lib. 1964 Dec; 10:672–9.
  • Budington WS. Cost of information service. In: The Library as a Community Information Center. Champaign, IL: University of Illinois: 1959. p. 51–66.


  • Executive Director, John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1969–1984
  • Director, Region VIII, Midwest Regional Medical Library, 1968–1979
  • Librarian, John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1964–1969
  • Associate Librarian, John Crerar Library, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 1952–1965
  • Librarian, Engineering and Physical Sciences, Columbia University, New York, NY,1947–1952
  • Reference Librarian, Norwich University, Northfield, VT,1941–1942
  • United States Army, 1942–1946

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • LHD (Doctor of Humane Letters), Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1975
  • MS, Library Science, Columbia University, 1951. [Thesis: The obsolescence of engineering books].
  • BS, Electrical Engineering, Virginia Polytechnic Institute–Blacksburg, 1946 (Tau Beta Phi; Eta Kappa Nu)
  • BS, Library Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1941
  • BA, Williams College, Williamstown, MA, 1940 (Phi Beta Kappa)

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