From the Editor: Remembering Gail Schlachter

Barry Trott


Gail Schlachter served as editor of RUSQ from 1997–2000, as editor of reference book reviews in RQ (RUSQ’s previous title) from 1977–88, and as president of RUSA, 1988–89. It was with great sorrow that we heard of Gail’s all too early death in April of 2015. Gail was a passionate and tireless advocate for libraries and for reference publishing, and her commitment to both of these areas inspired and influenced many in the profession, including me. Gail took great delight in mentoring those new to librarianship as well as in discussing with anyone how to better serve our users. What I will miss most about Gail though is her smile, and how it lit up any meeting or program session when I would see her at ALA, regardless of how early in the morning or late at night it was, or how busy she must have been, for she was always busy. I learned from Gail that taking joy in your work is the best way to enjoy that work, to inspire colleagues, and to accomplish great things. The memories below come from some of Gail’s colleagues in the library and publishing worlds.—Editor

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