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Postell, William D. Sr.*

See also William D. Postell's Oral History Summary


MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Past President's Council, cochair, 1967–1968
  • Awards Committee, chair, 1967–1968
  • Standards for Medical Librarianship, assistant chair, 1960–1961; chair 1954–1955
  • Subcommittee on Certification, chair, 1959–1960
  • Subcommittee on Internship, chair, 1953–1954
  • President, 1952–1953
  • President Elect, 1951–1952
  • Editor, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 1945–1949
  • Southern Chapter, founding president, 1950–1951
  • Louisiana Library Association, president, 1949–1950
  • Greater New Orleans Library Club, president
  • Louisiana Teacher's Association, president
  • TALON (Regional Medical Library), chair, 1968–1969
  • Health Sciences Library Association of Louisiana, founding member, 1976

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 1974
  • Marcia C. Noyes Award, 1958
  • Southern Chapter/MLA William D. Postell Sr., Professional Development Award
  • City of New Orleans Certificate of Merit, 1967
  • Louisiana Library Association Essae M. Culver Distinguished Service Award,1972
  • Librarian Emeritus, Tulane Medical School, 1980
  • Greater New Orleans Library Club, Medal of Achievement, 1962
  • Listed in Directory of American Scholars, 1960

Publications (5 representative)

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

  • Postell WD. The medical librarian. In: Medical Library Association handbook of medical library practice, with a bibliography of the reference works and histories in the history of medicine and the allied sciences, 2nd ed. Edited by Janet Doe and Mary Louise Marshall. Chicago, IL: Medical Library Association; 1956. p. 30–41.
  • Postell WD. Applied medical bibliography for students. Springfield, IL: CC Thomas; 1955.
  • Postell WD. The health of slaves on Southern plantations. Louisiana State University Press; 1951 (Louisiana State University Studies in Social Science, no. 1.) [Reprinted 1970 by Peter Smith].
  • Postell WD. Further comments on the mathematical analysis of evaluating medical journals. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1946 Apr;34(2):107–11.
  • Postell WD. Stimulating interest in a medical library. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1941 Mar;29(3):141–6.


  • Historian, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA, 1974-1982
  • Librarian emeritus, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA, 1979-1982
  • Library consultant, Louisiana State Division of Libraries–New Orleans
  • Library consultant, Louisiana Health and Human Resources Administration–New Orleans
  • Director, Rudolf Matas Medical Library, Tulane University Medical Center, New Orleans, LA, 1959–1974
  • Consultant, Library of the College of Medicine of the National Taiwan University, 1955
  • Consultant, J. Miller Hillis Health Center, University of Florida, 1953
  • Professor of medical bibliography, Louisiana State University School of Medicine–New Orleans, 1951–1959
  • Library consultant, Charity Hospital of Louisiana–New Orleans, 1945
  • Coordinator, Louisiana Hospital Library Extension Program–New Orleans
  • Associate professor, Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge, 1945
  • Medical librarian, Agramonte Medical Library, School of Medicine, Louisiana State University–Baton Rouge, 1938–1959
  • Visiting instructor, School of Library Science, Loyola University
  • High school librarian, Mansfield, LA, 1934-1938
  • Bookmobile librarian, Sabine Parish, LA
  • Topographer and geologist, Shell Oil Company and Houston Oil Company

MLA published statements about the fellow


(Birth 1908; Death 1982)

Contributed by Diane McKenzie, AHIP, FMLA

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