Bill DeJohn Interview
Bill DeJohn received his Masters in Library Science in 1967 from the University of Pittsburgh,
Graduate School of Library and Information Sciences. He was the Director of Minitex, which serves academic,
public, state agency, and other special libraries in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota, from 1984-2012.
DeJohn was actively involved in efforts to further library resource sharing throughout the Minitex region and beyond.
Bill DeJohn passed away on December 31, 2012 at his home in Northfield, MN after a brief illness.
View the formal
and the heartfelt remembrance by Barbara Fister of Gustavus Adolphus College,
DeJohn and the Value of Sharing."
In the interview he answers questions submitted to him by library staff in the Minitex region. Bill discusses:
his first library job at Daniel Boone Regional Library, Columbia, Missouri; early interlibrary loan work at the
Missouri State Library; former University of Minnesota Librarian Edward Stanford and the beginning of Minitex;
additional funding for technological developments in the 1990's that led to ELM, MLAC, and the MnLINK Gateway;
influential people for library services during Bill's tenure; the future of Minitex; his secret reading addiction;
and words of wisdom for library staff today.
Interviewed by Scott Hreha, Minitex, on May 13, 2011.
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