Samuel Lazerow Memorial Lectures at UCLA
The distinguished Samuel Lazerow Lecture was an annual event held at the UCLA Department of Information Studies through 2009. It was sponsored by Thomson ISI's Corporate Awards Program. The Lecture Series was established in 1983 by ISI, publisher of the Citation Index for the Sciences, Social Sciences, and Arts and Humanities, to honor the memory of Samuel Lazerow, who was an outstanding librarian, administrator, and pioneer in library automation.
Samuel Lazerow, in whose honor and memory this lecture series was established, had a record of long and distinguished service in the library profession. An honors graduate of Johns Hopkins University, he received his library education at Columbia University. During World War II he served as the Army’s chief library officer in Europe. Mr. Lazerow spent 25 years of service in the federal library community and held administrative posts at each of the three national libraries. From 1947 to 1952 he served as chief of acquisitions at the National Library of Agriculture and followed that with a similar assignment at the National Library of Medicine for thirteen years. In 1965 he joined the Library of Congress where he headed a task force on the automation and sharing of services between national libraries. He served as Vice President for the Institute for Scientific Information after his retirement in 1972 and held the post until his death. This lecture series was initiated by Dr. Eugene Garfield, founder and president of ISI, as a tribute to his friend and colleague.