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Sad news: Passing of Bob Bellanti

  • 1.  Sad news: Passing of Bob Bellanti

    Posted 05-05-2022 08:26
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    Dear colleagues,
    I am passing on this sad news on behalf of Marion Peters (UCLA Librarian Emeritus, SLA Chemistry Division Chair 2004). Many of you knew Bob from SLA, specifically his time as Chair Elect and Chair of B&F in 1992/3, and because of his greater contributions to business librarianship. I post below the obituary Marion has shared with us:

    Robert Bellanti, UCLA Librarian Emeritus, passed away on April 24, 2022. Robert was born in New York City on August 15, 1945, to Sebastian Bellanti and Josephine Caruso. He attended the Baruch School of the City College of New York and completed his B.A. at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). He earned an M.L.S from the University of Washington, Seattle, and an M.B.A. from UCLA

    He met his wife, Claire Quinte, while both were working in the UNLV library. They married in 1971 and celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in November of 2021.
    Bob's career at UCLA began in 1973 with a post-graduate internship in medical librarianship at the Biomedical Library. He managed the Biomedical Library interlibrary loan operations, and from 1979-82 he was the associate director of the Pacific Southwest Regional Medical Library, based at UCLA's Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library. Bob spent most of his library career as the head of the UCLA Management Library (1982-2002) and Associate Director of Anderson Computing and Information Systems (1996-2002). Among his accomplishments was supervising a move of the library to its new location in the Anderson School of Management (ASM), newly named the Rosenfeld Library. He oversaw the shift from print publications in the 1980's to mainly online resources in the 2000's. He and his colleagues in the ASM Computing Center integrated their operations, a first in management libraries in the country. Bob held a two-year adjunct faculty position in the Department of Information Studies during 1996–97, teaching courses and lecturing on business information and librarianship. From 2003-2005, Bob served as interim associate university librarian for research and instructional services. Bob chaired the Librarians Association of UCLA (LAUC) from 1982-83 and was statewide LAUC Chair from 1985-86.

    Bob was an active member of the Special Library Association in the business and finance division and its Southern California chapter. He held many offices on the Board of the Southern California chapter, including President from 1989-90. He also chaired the SLA Business and Finance Division from 1992-93. He was named an association Fellow in 1999 and received the Southern California chapter's Billie Connor Award in 1997, the association's Dow Leadership Award in 2003, and the business and finance division's Distinguished Member Award in 2004. He was also a founding member of Academic Business Library Directors, which he chaired from 1997–99.

    Always an avid traveler, Bob devoted himself to more travel after his retirement in 2005. He also enjoyed living in LA with so many performing arts opportunities including the opera, live theater, and live music. He was once so determined to see a seldom-performed Shakespeare play, that he and Claire flew to the UK on a Thursday, saw three plays at Stratford on Avon, and flew home the next Monday. In retirement, Bob became a volunteer reading tutor at a nearby elementary school and a board member of the Friends of the Mid-Valley Regional Library. Although recruited under duress, he joined Claire in her activities with the Jane Austen Society of North America and turned into an enthusiastic member. He participated in a book-group and, perhaps most of all, enjoyed old movies in real movie theaters. All his life he reached out to help younger people, and in retirement he devoted himself to mentoring, educating, and supporting the children in his life. Some of these children are godchildren, and some became part of his life serendipitously, and all of them became successful young adults under his gentle instruction. Bob is loved and dearly missed by his wife, family, and friends.

    The family will hold a celebration of life in June. Donations to the UCLA Library Bob & Claire Bellanti Performing Arts Special Collections Discretionary Fund (61317O) are welcome;, specify fund. Donations may also go to the Multiple Systems Atrophy Coalition

    Daniel Hickey, MLIS
    Head, NYU Business and Brause Real Estate Libraries
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