John Jolliffe (librarian)

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John William Jolliffe (15 July 1929 – 30 March 1985) was a British librarian who was Bodley's Librarian (head of the Bodleian Library at the University of Oxford) from 1982 until his death.

Life[edit]

Jolliffe was educated at Hastings Grammar School before studying French at University College London.[1] He was appointed Assistant Keeper in the Department of Printed Books at the British Museum in 1955, moving to Oxford to become Keeper of Catalogues at the Bodleian Library in 1970; he was also a Fellow of Nuffield College, Oxford from 1971 onwards. He became Bodley's Librarian in 1982 at a time of budget cuts, having earlier been Acting Librarian.[1][2]

His publications included various articles on his specialist area of 16th-century French literature.[1][2] He was also an early leader in the use of computers for cataloguing old books; between 1968 and 1974, he directed a project examining proposals for cataloguing early books in the university libraries of Oxford, Cambridge, and London, and the report was published in 1974 as Computers and Early Books.[3]

He was involved in the development of the use of computers in the Bodleian Library. He died in 1985 aged 55 after a short illness.[1] On his death, his colleague Julian Roberts became Acting Librarian at the Bodleian.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Mr John Jolliffe". The Times. 1 April 1985. p. 14.
  2. ^ a b "Jolliffe, John William". Who Was Who, 1920–2008. Oxford University Press. December 2007. Retrieved 4 Jan 2010.
  3. ^ Computers and Early Books, 1974.