Arnold S. Wajenberg

Title: Librarian and Educator (Retired)
Company: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Location: Goffstown, New Hampshire, United States

Arnold Wajenberg, Retired Professor of Library Administration at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in library cataloging.

Fascinated with Hebrew and Aramaic as a youth, Mr. Wajenberg decided to pursue academia in those languages due to his interest in biblical studies. Upon graduating with a Bachelor of Arts from Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, during 1951, he earned a Master of Arts in Hebrew and Aramaic from the aforementioned university in 1953. Consequently, he began his career as a cataloguer for the University of Chicago Library, while securing a Master of Arts in Library Science from the University of Chicago in 1955.  Mr. Wajenberg later joined the University of Illinois, Chicago, as a catalog librarian in 1969, further becoming an assistant catalog librarian at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign between 1974 and 1978.

As he progressed with the aforementioned institution, Mr. Wajenberg served as the principal cataloguer as well as a professor of library administration from 1979 until his retirement in 1994. In addition to his primary endeavors, he contributed as a member of the Cataloging and Database Services Advisory Committee, the Editorial Policy Committee on the Dewey Decimal System, and the Cataloguing Advisory Committee, between 1979 and 1992. He also worked as the principal educator for the Illinois Training Program for Implementation of Anglo-American Cataloging Rules for a year. Civically, Mr. Wajenberg has dedicated his time as a volunteer cataloger for the New Hampshire Law Library and New Hampshire Historical Society. For his accomplishments in the field, he has been the recipient of the Margaret Mann Citation from the American Library Association in 1995 and was selected for inclusion in multiple editions of Who’s Who in America.

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