Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Bill Postell Retires as Director of the Rudolph Matas Library

Ben Sachs and Bill Postell announce Bill’s retirement from Tulane as Director of the Rudolph Matas Library, effective 12/31/07.

Bill has been with Tulane for 33 years. He has served Tulane Health Sciences Center under four senior vice presidents, five deans of medicine, and four deans of public health and tropical medicine. Before coming to Tulane, he served as Assistant Director of the Rowland Medical Library of the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson. Bill is a native New Orleanian.

During his tenure, the education and training levels required of the staff were raised in step with AAMC institutions nationwide. He led the effort to replace the card catalog system with a fully automated and integrated library system. In addition to the traditional library services in support medical education, research, and patient care here at Tulane, Bill and his staff assisted authors of numerous historical publications in their research and manuscript preparation.

During his career in academic medical library administration, Bill has frequently served as an officer in the Southern and South Central Chapters of the Medical Library Association. Twice he has been elected Chairman of the Board of the South Central Academic Medical Libraries Consortium, a non-profit corporation of which he was a founding member.

Bill and his wife, Nancy, look forward to spending more time with their children and grandchildren in Houston. Please join us in thanking Bill for his dedication to our University for his numerous contributions during his long and illustrious career at Tulane. (message from Fri 1/4/2008 8:43 AM)