According to Farkas-Conn, Hayes (b. 1926) had a “lifetime influence on the field.” Hayes taught mathematics and information science at UCLA, and served as Dean of the Library and Information Science Graduate School there. He was an expert on systems. Hayes co-authored with Joseph Becker Information Storage and Retrieval, the most comprehensive text in the field at that time (1962), and consulted on library and information systems. He and Becker also produced the Library/USA, an exhibit at the World’s Fair in 1964 to introduce online retrieval to the general public (Bellardo & Bourne).
The following brief biographical description appears in the finding aid to his papers at UCLA:
Hayes was born in New York City on December 3, 1926, and married Alice Peters in 1952. He received his BA (1947), MA (1949) and PhD (1952) in mathematics at UCLA.
Robert Mayo Hayes pioneered in the development of digital data storage and retrieval, information transfer, systems analysis, and design research. His work has had a major impact on information policy and the economics of library operations. Spanning two decades (1955-1976), the collection documents Hayes’ activities as an international consultant to corporations, academic and public libraries, as well as government organizations. The material reflects the scope of Hayes’ intellectual pursuits: the economics of information transfer, copyright, measurement of productivity in libraries, coding applications, the relationship between information services and products, remote storage, and preservation.
ADI/ASIS&T: President (1962-1963, 1967-1968)
American Library Association/ISAD: President (1968-1970)
American Association for the Advancement of Science: Vice President (1969-1970), Secretary/Treasurer- Chapter level (1970-1971)
ASIS&T: Best Information Science Book (1971)