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annelipow.jpgAnne Lipow, renowned library trainer and consultant, died yesterday, September 9, around 10:30 PM, after a long battle with cancer. Anne was the founder and director of Library Solutions Institute and Press. She was the author of numerous books and articles, including "Crossing the Internet Threshold" and "The Virtual Reference Librarian's Handbook." Her "Rethinking Reference" institutes were recognized as being internationally significant and contributed to Anne's receipt of the ALA Isadore Gilbert Mudge/R.R. Bowker award for "a distinguished contribution to reference librarianship."
Anne was very special to Infopeople because she was the guiding force in the initial development of the Infopeople training program, and she was responsible for bringing Cheryl Gould to Infopeople. Over the years, she was always there for us, giving us new ideas, advice, and inspiration. The courage and style with which she faced the challenge of her illness was truly amazing. Anne will be greatly missed by all of us and by the greater library community.
If you have some personal comments or remembrances you'd like to share, please click on the "comments" link below. We will be sharing these comments with Anne's family.

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Sorry to hear about Anne. She will be missed.

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Anne was so many things to so many of us--friend, mentor, champion, cheerleader. She was a model publisher and a great innovator. When I moved to California she took me under her wing and made sure I was never too alone. I will miss her greatly.

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The moment I met Anne, I felt as though we'd been friends for years. She was that warm and just a lovely spirit. Thank you, Anne, for all your contributions to the field and for being such a great person.

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This is Anne's daughter, Jenny. Much more later, but for now, the bare update: there will be a funeral service on monday, september 13 at 1:00 p.m. at Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland. All welcome. A bigger, more considered memorial service sometime in...the future. Sitting shiva here in berkeley following the funeral. feel free to email me or call me at home (I'm in the phone book, in Berkeley) for more info. Librarians are such a blessing to have in my life....viva Anne!

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I will always remember Anne selling dreidels on Telegraph Avenue and offering thought-provoking commentary on the nature of reference service. May her memory be for a blessing. Barbara Bibel

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As others have said, Anne's warmth and welcoming spirit reached out even to those of us who were friends of friends. I admired her down-to-earth can-do attitude that seemed not to see obstacles. She was inspiring and will be missed by many. My condolences to her daughter Jenny, family and friends.

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Dear Steve, How fortunate we are to have had Anne among us. Her directness, her interest and involvement in her local community and, above all, her personal warmth, quietness and kindliness affected all of us. I am grateful for any moments I had with Anne, Steve, deeply grateful. Rita

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I feel blessed that I was able to spend several days with Anne and Steve at their lovely home sharing meals, walks and profound talks about life and why we had taken the paths that we had taken. Anne was discovering the joy of cooking meals and collecting recipes from her friends. Anne had a recipe for enjoying life and its mysteries that inspired me. Her spirit will always be there to inspire us to relish life. Bernadine

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I was shocked to learn that Anne had died. I had missed seeing her at the last few ALA conferences. Some years ago, I came to Berkeley for a workshop that was to have been held at the Clark Kerr campus. That was the year of an Oakland firestorm, and the workshop was transferred to Anne's home. We were all grateful for her hospitality at the spur of the moment. The last time ALA met in New York, I had purchased a Library Services Institute book and chatted with Anne at her booth. We were so engrossed in our conversation that I forgot my credit card, which she found in her swipe machine. She made several attempts to catch me (I had checked out of my hotel and was headed home). I will always remember Anne as a caring person and a great teacher. Our profession has suffered a profound loss.

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Anne was my favorite aunt, who taught me some of my first words and continued teaching and spreading joy thoughout her life. She was a comfort; she was comfort. She will be missed.

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