White believes that a special library must be efficient and its goals must support the objectives of its parent organization. He thinks that managing the boss is the most important thing a special librarian can do; therefore, the librarian must “convince the boss it is his job and in the organization’s best interests to support the librarian. While President of ISI, he started new programs, including the North European Chapter, began publishing theBulletin (ASIS Bulletin Vol. 3, Dec. 1975).
“Through writings, speeches, and contributions to library education and management, he has had a career that mirrors the life and spirit of Melvil Dewey” (American Libraries, June 1987). He wrote “Research & Reality,” a column in American Libraries; “White Papers,” a column in Library Journal. He is interested in Library and information management, information retrieval, library mechanization.
For more detailed biographical information see:http://www.indiana.edu/~alldrp/members/white.html
A brief sketch of him appears in Wikipedia:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herbert_S._White
A videotaped oral history interview (not transcribed) was conducted in 1992 by Indiana University staff and is located in the University Center for the Study of History and Memory.
Special Libraries Association: President (1969-1970)
American Federation of Information Processing Societies: Director (1972-1978)
ASIS&T: President (1973-1974)
International Federation for Information and Documentation: Netherlands Board of Directors (1976-1978); Treasurer (1978-1982)
Association for Library and Information Science Education: Chairman, Governmental Relations Committee (1980-1988)
American Library Association: Councillor (1988-?)
ASIS&T: Watson Davis Award (977); Award of Merit (1981)
Special Libraries Association: J.C. Dana Award (1985)
American Library Association: Melvil Dewey Award (1987)
Council on Library Resources: Indiana Librarian Lifetime Achievement Award (1990)