Eric Moon (1923-), the influential president of the American Library Association and editor of Scarecrow Press, was born in Yeovil, Somerset in 1923, but spent most of his youth in Southampton. He was educated at Taunton School, and in 1939 became a library assistant working for Southampton Public Libraries. After the war he gained professional qualifications and took jobs in a succession of London Borough library services before becoming head of Newfoundland Libraries in Canada in 1958. In 1959 he became editor in chief of the Library Journal based in New York and in 1969 chief editor of Scarecrow Press. In 1987 Moon was awarded Honorary Membership of the American Library Association and in 2000 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship of the British Library Association.

Eric Edward Moon

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Eric Moon at a banquet in 1977.

Further reading:

Eric Moon: The Life and Library Times, by Kenneth Kister. (HS.t)


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