Jo Bell Whitlatch


Jo Bell Whitlatch

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Jo Bell Whitlatch

Educational Backgroud

University of California, Berkeley, Library & Information Studies, 1987 PhD

University of California, Berkeley, Asian Studies, 1973 MA

University of Minnesota, Library Science, 1966 MA

University of Minnesota, History, 1964 BA

Teaching Experience

School of Library & Information Science, San José State University, 1987-2009

Administrative and Professional Experience

Associate Library Dean, San José State University, 2001-2006

History Liaison, University Library, San José State University, 1992-2004

Extensive library experience covers three academic libraries (College of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN - 1965-1967; Stanislaus State College, Turlock, CA - 1968 - 1972; San Jose State, San Jose, CA - 1973-2006) and many areas, including collection management, acquisitions, cataloging, circulation, reference, interlibrary loan, and library management.


  • Evergreen Education Foundation Board Member of Board of Directors, 2008-Present. Description.
  • Library Research Round Table of the American Library Association Chair, 2005-2006
  • Reference and User Services Association. Ad Hoc Committee on Professional Competencies Chair, 2000-2003
  • Reference and User Services Association President, 1998-1999
  • Reference and User Services Association. Management and Operation of Public Services Section Chair, 1995-1996
  • Reference and Adult Services Division. Evaluation Committee Chair, 1991-1992
  • Reference and Adult Services Division. Research and Statistics Committee Chair, 1989-1991
  • Library Administration and Management Association. Staff Development Committee Chair, 1981-1983
  • California and Academic Research Librarians (CARL) President, 1981
  • California Library Association. State Universities and College Chapter President, 1975
  • California Library Association. Yosemite District Chapter President, 1970

Selected Publications

Publications include two books, The Role of the Academic Reference Librarian (1990), Evaluating Reference Services (2000), and articles in RQ, College & Research Libraries, Journal of Academic Librarianship, and the Reference Librarian.


Jo Bell Whitlatch