W. Boyd Rayward

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W. Boyd Rayward (born June 24, 1939) is an Australian librarian and scholar, best known as the biographer of Paul Otlet.[1]


Warden Boyd Rayward was born in Inverell, New South Wales, Australia in 1939 and studied Library Science at the University of New South Wales, graduating in 1964. He then transferred to the U.S. to continue his studies at the University of Illinois. He later earned a master's degree and doctorate in 1973 from the University of Chicago. His dissertation was on Paul Otlet.[1]


Rayward was a member of the faculty of Information Sciences at the University of New South Wales from 1993 to 1999 and was appointed Professor Emeritus in 1999. He also worked as a teacher and researcher at several American universities, including the University of Chicago (where he was dean from 1980 to 1986) and the University of Ontario. He is also a member or fellow of numerous professional associations like the American Library Association (ALA), the Australian Library and Information Association (ALIA) and the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIST).[1]


  1. ^ a b c Warden Boyd Rayward. "Paul Otlet, An Encounter" (PDF). Abd-bvd.be. Archived (PDF) from the original on 2013-12-02. Retrieved 2014-02-03.

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