Alex Ross, head librarian of the Art and Architecture Library, part of the Stanford University Libraries/Academic Information Resources, has been honored with the 1995 Marsh O'Neill Award for his efforts to develop the Art Library into a world-class academic facility.
Ross has been head art librarian at Stanford since 1975, and previously held positions with the Cleveland Museum of Art and in the fine arts library at Columbia University.
At Stanford, in addition to directing a 150,000-volume art research library of material on the history of Western and Far Eastern art and architecture, Ross in fall quarter co-teaches Art 236, Art History Bibliography and Library Methods. He has published numerous articles in scholarly journals.
Recognition for Ross is "long overdue," one faculty member wrote. "Both Alex Ross and [former art department chairman] Lorenz Eitner are the founding fathers of the department and its fantastic library."
Another wrote, "By his rare combination of dedication, erudition and astuteness, Alex turned the Art Library from a one-horse operation when he arrived in 1975 into one of the foremost art libraries in the country today."
Eitner himself noted how the library had grown both in size and quality under Ross' direction, and wrote that "Ross has been an indefatigable helper to countless students, a teacher of graduate seminars in bibliography, a valued colleague to faculty in need of advice and assistance in the discovery and procurement of hard-to-find material, endlessly willing to spend time and effort to support their work."
Ross said the award "is really recognition of a team effort, not only among Art Library staff, but with the Art Department and my colleagues in the other humanities departments around campus, some of whom probably deserve the O'Neill Award more than I do. It's not just me and my staff."
From the Stanford News Service, December 13, 1995
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