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Helen L. Snoke
Regents' Proceedings 120

Helen L. Snoke, professor of information and library studies in the School of Information and Library Studies and associate professor of education in the School of Education, will retire from active faculty status on December 31, 1989.

Professor Snoke received her B.A., M.L.S., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Oklahoma in 1948, 1960, and 1968, respectively. She began her affiliation with the University of Michigan as an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Studies in 1969. She was promoted to associate professor in 1971 and professor in 1977. She received an additional appointment as associate professor of education in 1971. During the last six months prior to her retirement furlough, Professor Snoke served as the acting associate dean of the School of Information and Library Studies.

Nationally known for her contributions in the school media curriculum area, Professor Snoke's dedication to teaching and the profession have won her the respect and great admiration of her students and colleagues. Her proven administrative ability, as shown in many previous capacities such as chair of the school's strategic planning committee and chair of the dean's search committee, enabled her to provide invaluable service to the school and the University as she served as second in command while the dean also served as the interim director of the University libraries. Her administrative contributions were immeasurable.

Throughout her career, Professor Snoke has also been very active in state and national professional organizations, having served in major administrative capacities in the American Library Association, the American Association of School Libraries, the Association for Library Services to Children, the Michigan Association for Media in Education, and the Children's Literature Association. Within the University of Michigan, she has served on the Rackham School of Graduate Studies' executive board, and has been CRLT Faculty Development Fund Liaison, vice chair of SACUA, and chair of a grievance board for the School of Nursing.

Professor Snoke played a very significant role in the redirection of the school during the period of its curriculum revision in the early eighties and provided the major leadership in the development of the school's planning document. At her retirement reception, the previous dean, who had worked directly with Professor Snoke for fifteen years, perhaps summed up her contributions best by noting that "over and over, Helen has brought honor and distinction to our school through her dedicated service, from both within the University and from without."

In view of her many accomplishments, the Regents now salute this distinguished educator by naming Helen L. Snoke Professor Emeritus of Information and Library Studies and Associate Professor Emeritus of Education.