Locke Morrisey

Locke Morrisey at Library of Congress

Locke Morrisey at Library of Congress

[Information about Locke's memorial fund has been added at the bottom of this post.]

Locke was Head of Collections, Reference & Research here at Gleeson Library, and his impact has been widely felt, both professionally and personally.  The character and service of the Library’s Reference Department as it exists today is largely due to Locke’s thoughtful guidance, and the tireless example he set as a teacher, researcher, and mentor.

Outside of the Library, the USF community who surely most felt Locke’s presence—and consequently will most feel his absence—are the Nursing faculty and thousands of nursing students, past and present, to whom Locke was a devoted teacher.

Locke’s activities were prodigious. He mentored a generation of SJSU library school students with internships at Gleeson; was deeply committed to the library profession, holding positions at the local and national levels; published articles like “Ethical Issues in Collection Development”; responded to email reference questions at all hours of the night. The list goes on.

“Tireless” is a term frequently used to describe Locke, but I think it was instead his devotion that was tireless. Towards the end he was certainly feeling tired and weak; nonetheless, seeing a last teaching opportunity, he held a home session at his bedside for a group of medical students and their teacher to discuss doctor-patient relationships and bedside manner.That is a characteristic example of Locke’s tireless devotion to others.

We invite you to share your thoughts about and experiences with Locke in the comments section below.

Memorial Fund

At Locke’s request, a fund has been established at the University of San Francisco to support Library collections. Checks can be made payable to The University of San Francisco Library, indicating on the memo line, “In Memory of Locke Morrisey.”

Mail to:
Tyrone Cannon
University Library Dean
Gleeson Library | Geschke Center
University of San Francisco
2130 Fulton Street
San Francisco, CA 94117

130 thoughts on “Locke Morrisey

  1. This is truly terrible news. Locke was a profound influence on me during my internship at USF, as I’m sure he was for countless others. My career – my life – would not have taken the direction it did if it weren’t for the way he inspired my interest in academic librarianship, reference and especially instruction.

    That I work now in a profession that I love using the skills he helped teach me is a part of the debt that I owe Locke. I am only one of the many interns he tutored during his tenure at USF.

    Rest in peace, Locke.

  2. Today I have lost a great friend in Locke Morrisey. This is how I remember him.

    This summer Locke, his mother and I were watching a college football game and we wondered when we had first met. I think it was soon after we both came to the UCs as librarians, I started at UCSB in August of 89 and Locke came the following year to UCI.

    He reminded me that evening during half-time that at one of our early meetings, at a LAUC Assembly, (the Librarians Association of the University of California) when he was running for president I had told him I was voting for the “other candidate.” I don’t recall that incident but I have been known to commit other acts of insolence, and this was probably not the first time.

    During the 1990s we met at other LAUC meetings and probably an ALA conference as well. But we started to become close friends in mid 1996 when Locke was appointed chair the Cultural Diversity Committee, which had issued the report “Many Voices of Diversity” but had failed to address sexual orientation issues. The original report had taken more than 5 years to write and within 3 months the new Committee had completed the companion report. Actually, Locke wrote it, and the rest of us probably noted a dangling modifier here and there.

    I moved to San Francisco later that Fall and the following year Locke also moved up to City to work at the University of San Francisco. Not long after that, we started meeting for dinners several times a year to exchange information. We never considered it gossip. After all, we were librarians and needed to be informed in case someone asked! At least that’s what we said to his partner Al Yeh, who would join us on and off and from time to time we clarified who was who and what we meant by: “metadata,” “MARC fields,” “online this,” “electronic that”. Al, I am sorry we tortured you.

    Around this time we started to become ALA roommates. He always had an eye for great hotel deals. One winter we ended up at great location in Boston, it was frigid, but he had booked us a room right at the convention center hotel, in the middle of it all: shopping, food, ALA meetings, etc. Another time in Seattle we had spectacular views of the downtown skyscrapers from the 25th floor. Once in a blue moon he would strike out, like a winter in Denver when we were way out, but it was so cheap that we ended up paying about $30 per night!

    One summer there were 3 of us in small room at Anaheim. It was hot, really hot, and it was after all Anaheim, so that cubicle only one block away from the Convention Center earned him thousands of stars.

    Earlier this June he sent me an email via Facebook saying he was going into surgery. In fact, I was in Facebook because early on he had recognized the importance of social networks. It just took me 6 months to accept his invitation, he reminded me once. I thought it would be nothing out ordinary. We had recently been inducted into the AARP, so it could not be serious. Sure, I had high cholesterol at 40 and cataracts at 50 and Locke had some minor health issues, but we were the AARP’s youth brigade and it was too soon for any other ailments.

    After he got out the hospital I visited him a few times, some he was more alert than others, but always in good spirits, even when he was probably in lots of pain. I remember 2 wonderful Saturdays when we enjoyed a football game. His 79 year old mother explained to me what “1st and 10” meant After 30 years of watching that annoying and mysterious little detail on TV, it finally made perfect sense!

    We watched my alma mater, Wisconsin, score a big win. She and Locke even cheered for Stanford another evening. I think by then she had started knitting me a red hat with a big white “S.” Locke already had his gold and blue hat and I promised to wear mine for one of the New Year’s Day bowl games if Stanford made it that far.

    Those are 2 of the fondest memories I have of Locke, laughing away during a ball game, the way he and his partner Al had enjoyed UCLA, Berkeley and Stanford games live and in living color. One of those nights Al called from DC, it was already cold over there but in Foster City we were still enjoying late summer weather.

    Today, our profession is lacking a big advocate for diversity, we have all lost a great friend, and our worlds are less fortunate not to have such a caring soul.

    May choirs angels gallantly dressed with gold and blue colors await him in paradise.

    • I never was officially introduced to Locke but as a relative newbie in NAHRS his sage advice on the Listserv was always enlightening. He will be missed by his NAHRS colleagues. I find this tribute very appropriate and moving.

    • Adan you are very enjoyable in print as you are in person. So glad I could contribute to your football knowlege and to keeping your head warm. Our times with Locke were fun and uplifting. Thank you for being our friend.

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  4. I’ve known Locke since 1991. At the time we were engineering librarian colleagues – he was at UCI and I was at Stanford. I always admired his enthusiasm and positive attitude. After he moved to USF, he still kept in touch and at one point we offered him the position of Head Librarian in the Stanford Engineering Library. I’ve wondered how life there would have been different if he’d accepted our offer – most likely an improved working environment. Locke was so thoughtful and kept in touch even after I retired. One of the first people to friend me on Facebook! I’m so sad tonight to think of the world without his warmth and smile. My heart goes out to his family and friends.

  5. I’m just saddened beyond words to have learned of my friend’s passing…Locke was ONE OF THE FEW (and I mean few) librarians to welcome me to the West Coast…He made me feel welcome and was willing to share professional “tidbits” and basic “what’s,” “where’s.” and “how-to’s” that are essential to any relocated professional. Not only was he just open and willing to take on a helping out a virtual stranger, he opened up his home to me and invited me to tour his beloved San Francisco. And when I needed assistance in getting much needed information for a national program I was coordinating, Locke was the FIRST OUT OF THE MANY I ASKED who offered any real assistance.

    Oh, how I will miss him, his laughter, his honesty and his eternal good nature!

  6. What I learned from Locke had little to do with librarianship. He was at every conference I ever attended, and always ready to encourage his colleagues to work hard and then PLAY. He once refused to let me back out of a karaoke contest by saying, “stuff like this is important to do.” That’s echoed in my head ever since. He was warning me not to take myself too seriously; it isn’t fulfilling and not nearly enough fun. Thank you Locke. You will be missed.

  7. Melanie, his sister, said it best,”The world has lost a great man.” Locke was larger than life. He seemed to make time for everyone. He was serious and he was fun-loving. He was so smart it was almost intimidating. He was ahead of the curve in professional knowledge and up-to-date with opinions on all the issues. He was genuine and open. When he moved to USF he told me that becoming a supervisor had been very challenging for him. But the next time we talked, he had it in stride and was enjoying the role. I always felt it was a privilege to be in his presence, to be exposed to his mind and ideas. Locke galvanized people into action. He accomplished much, and he fought for equality and justice. We’ve lost a tremendous human being. We were graced with his life for too short a time.

    Rest in peace, Locke; you did well while you were here.

  8. Locke, you were one of the first people I met in the library world; and you always shared sage advice, humorous tips, and warm guidance along the way. I’ll never forget the cupcakes we shared at SCELC Vendor Day! We were in a session, and you were making a serious, intelligent comment with frosting on your lips- we giggled about it afterwards. “Death comes to all,” wrote Emerson, “but great achievements build a monument which shall endure until the sun grows cold.” And you, my friend, have achieved more in one lifetime than many do. Thank you for smiling my way.

    • Although I have met Locke several times over the years, I mostly know him for his knowledgeable, helpful tips on the NAHRS listserv. It was always pleasure to read what Locke had to say.

  9. At ALA Annual in 2009 I showed up in the middle of my chemotherapy. Locke was there for me with advice and help on how to do conference. His knowledge and example showed me that I could find the strength maintain my work, school, and other commitments through my battle.

    I wish him piece and congratulate him on a fight well fought.

  10. My dearest Locke ~ what can I say, but how much I cherish our love for one another during the past 12 years. You were my partner, soulmate & best friend. I don’t know how I am going to go on without you…until we meet again…your “Lil Po”

  11. Locke was such an excellent influence on me with my career. When I went from a research institute to a hospital and joined NAHRS he provided me valuable information on how to work with nurses at the hospital. He told me to connect and promote the library services and to not “sit in my office.” It was great advice and I can say I’m probably working as a Clinical Medical Librarian because of that encouragement. He was always there when I had a question. I will miss you Locke!

  12. Randy, thank you for such a lovely remembrance of Locke. I didn’t know him well, but he still took time to talk with me when I first became active in library promotion.

  13. This posting captures Locke so well. He will be missed for his laughter, tenacity, commitment, intellect, and – especially – the friendship he offered to everyone.

    From all of us on the ACRL Board – we cherish our memories of you!

  14. Locke was a charming and gracious man. I met Locke through ACRL Chapters when he was Chapters President. I was new to ALA. He mentored me through several conferences and inspired me to become active in the organization. He will be fondly remembered by all those whose lives he touched.

  15. I met Locke years ago at an ACRL Chapters’ Council meeting and liked him immediately. I so enjoyed serving with him later on the ACRL Board. At annual meeting in DC this year he organized a wonderful tour of the Pentagon. It was a pleasure to walk all those long halls with him. His dedication to his work as ACRL’s ALA Councilor was amazing. He will be missed.

  16. This gives me great sadness. Locke was an amazing mentor to me. When I started the ACRL Health Science Interest Group without much ACRL experience (or librarianship experience for that matter), Locke was was an enormous help. His mentorship with the group and with health science and academic librarianship in general will always be remembered and appreciated. I always looked forward to seeing him at conferences and exchanging emails through out the year. Last summer at ALA Annual, I was lucky enough to meet his partner Al. To Al and all of Locke’s family, please know that Locke was an amazing man who truly touched my life and the lives of many others.

    -Carissa Tomlinson
    Emerging Technologies Librarian
    Towson University

  17. I “met” Locke through Facebook — I thought “Who is this guy with all the great posts on my friends updates? Why are we not friends?” Somehow our paths had never crossed at MLA or ALA but the magic of Facebook brought us together. He was just as kind to me as if we were real world friends. Naysayers of Facebook friendships beware, I think Locke was proof a virtual friendship can be very important.

    I’ll miss you Locke,

    Lynne Fox
    Education Librarian
    Health Sciences Library, UC Denver Anschutz Medical Campus

  18. Locke left UCI for USF not long after I had become his colleague down south, so I never had an opportunity to know him well. Nevertheless, I admired pretty much everything he said and did (he was a particularly impressive force in LAUC meetings), and it was an enormous loss to UCI when he migrated north. I’m sure there’s much sorrow at UCI today, as there is in so many other places. Indeed, a warm and wonderful man.

  19. What a wonderful memorial. I’m so sorry not to have had the chance to work with Locke. He was an ever-present face of ACRL to me over the last few years, and I greatly respected his hard work and dedication to his fellow librarians.

  20. Although I haven’t known long Locke for as many years as others have, I met him on the ACRL Board where – as our Councilor – he provided extraordinary representation for us to Council and for Council to us. No small task!

    I quickly learned that at ACRL Board – and, of course, at any gathering, I wanted to sit next to him where we could exchange information or (at the very least) sit where I could SEE him and we could exchange glances and telepathic funny comments. In fact – and don’t tell Mary Ellen – once maybe, okay twice, after my Board service we would chat about Board issues during Board…him in Chicago, me in Austin…of course, he was only asking for clarification on past Board issues….

    This was because – of course – he was a friend but also because he was one of the wittiest people I knew. I found him gifted verbally/face to face, or in chat mode or even with the very fewest words – Twittering or IM’ing me about the world around him from any and all airports, Las Vegas, or SF/out to dinner or from ALA. We shared a wickedness to our humor but Locke was always – underneath our “bitter with baggage” comments, kind and forgiving….as evidenced by what he said but also the little treats he would bring me…Tab memorabilia, a cowboy boot keychain…

    For the past five years we had lunches, dinners and many phone calls, had planned to meet in Vegas, and planned for him to visit back to Austin for a UT game this last fall. When we realized these things were not to be, we chatted instead – in the beginning daily, then fewer times a week as he tired and simply – I think – did not want to burden those around him with his situation.

    I will forever miss his OMG beginnings to chats and his wise and funny take on life. He was smart and had a wonderful tolerance for the most diverse opinions and ideas…to say he will be missed is an understatement, but I am so incredibly glad he was my friend and colleague.

    Julie Todaro

  21. I was privileged to serve with Locke on the ACRL Board. I knew him by reputation up to that point, but fortunately for me, I got to know him in person, during our tenure on the Board. He was, as his reputation suggested, quite a guy…..true to his word, true to his beliefs. If the measure of a man’s life is his integrity, his dedication to others and his graciousness, Locke’s life, though short, was incredibly full. And, with all of that, he had a wonderful sense of humor and an incredible, infectious smile. He will be missed by colleagues and friends alike. I’m sure he is with the angels, smiling down on us all.

  22. I first got to know Locke when he was at UCI and our paths crossed many times over the years. It was always a joy to “catch up” with him. I am saddened by his death and send condolences to his family and friends.

  23. when I was a new faculty member, Locke was very helpful in terms of navigating me around the reference area. I would tell my students to seek him out if they needed assistance. A good, really good guy.

  24. I met Locke through the Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Virtual Reference Service (I’m from Holy Cross). We served on the implementation committee together in 2004. I took an immediate liking to him through his emails and then met him in person at USF at a mini conference and then at a few National conferences through the years. It was great to meet someone who didn’t feel they had to dress in a suit at these conferences to be taken seriously as a knolwedgeable and consummate professional–with a great sense of humor. While I really didn’t know him well, I was enormously saddened to hear this news today.

    Patty Porcaro

    • Like Patty, I also got to know Locke through the AJCU Virtual Reference Service. His great sense of humor and his professionalism endeared me to him immediately. His passing is a huge loss. My condolences to Al, Locke’s family, and his colleagues at USF.

  25. What a loss to the library community! As with many others, I got to know Locke through ACRL, particularly his service on the board. He was a passionate, strong and vocal advocate for our users, particularly for the underserved and for diverse, multicultural patrons and librarians. I valued his professionalism immediately and, over time, his friendship. Locke was also just a down right fun person–great sense of humor and enjoyed “dishing” about library politics over a meal. I will miss him greatly.

  26. Hello Gleeson. Thank you Locke for letting me sit on library classes, and for first alerting me to the job I now have. I know your following of SJSU graduates is strong. I once asked Locke who his favorite librarian is. He said he was honored to know Louise Darling, who died in 1999, and for whom the Louise M. Darling Biomedical Library at UCLA is named. Now we get to say we were honored to know him. Good-bye and thank you. Karen

  27. Locke is an inspiration to many, especially to me. I first met him at the California Academic and Research Library conference in Asilomar. Before meeting him, I already heard many positive comments about him, such as his generosity in helping junior librarians, sharing his knowledge in the field of business librarianship. He wrote a very strong letter to support my tenure and promotion. This letter is in my dossier and will be a reminder on how to be a good academic librarian just like him.

    We later met several times at the ALA Council meetings when I was elected in 2009. Again he led me the way in the Council.

    Thank you Locke for being such a wonderful colleague and role model.

    You will be deeply missed.

    Diana
    SJSU Library

  28. When Locke spoke at ALA Council meetings, I always listened paid particular attention. He was wise, insightful, logical, and helpful. I am saddened by his death but warmed by my memories of him.

  29. I don’t remember the exact words, but I do remember how incredulous and disgusted Locke was when he found out I,
    a fellow Bruin alum, had never been to a UCLA sporting event. In his true spirit, he got two tickets to the UCLA-SDSU
    football game and off we went to the Rose Bowl. UCLA won that game. Thanks, Locke.

  30. Locke was a consummate library professional and was one of the best ACRL Councilors we’ve ever had. AND, he was one of the greatest guys I have known. He had such a calming affect of everyone (and some of us needed his “calm” at times. He will be truly missed.

    AL – Haven’t had the pleasure of meeting you, but I know that Locke’s love for you had to be one of the strongest loves around. Please let his mom know how many folks loved him.

    ADAN – your posting was heart-warming and funny. You have truly lost a good friend. I only wished I had known him like you did. Thanks for being their for him, his mom, and Al.
    CAMILA

  31. Locke always had a smile and great wit when he entered a room. When I was new to the profession, he made me feel so welcome. I remember getting excited when I would see his name on publications and then on the ALA/ACRL ballot, thinking “I know that man, and he is great!”

    Locke you will be missed but your impact will not be forgotten.
    Thank you.

  32. Locke was a fantastic librarian. We didn’t work together often, but every time I spoke with him, I came away admiring his passion for librarianship, his friendliness, and his class. All of us at Zief are so saddened by his passing.

  33. Locke was an outstanding leader for librarianship and a wonderful friend. When I first read his articles in the nursing and library literature and read his postings on the MLA/NAHRS lists, I wondered just who this person was. Thankfully we met in Feb. 2008 at the joint MLA chapter meeting in Las Vegas, when he was the only one staying through the weekend who volunteered to share a birthday dinner with me. What a memorable night, including deep conversations about common interests in diversity & health policy, as well as nursing librarianship. When I recruited him to join our NAHRS Research Committee in a Leadership role, he was so appropriate in limiting his commitment to what he thought he could accomplish, given other roles. Locke was so committed to bringing MLA and ACRL closer together, in addition to his interest in nursing and health care, and so wise. And so open in online sharing – something that also helped me through breast cancer 10 years ago. More than anyone I’ve known, he demonstrated that colleagues can be friends, enriching our lives in so many ways. Locke, I will remember you forever.
    Peg

  34. Locke embodied in so many ways, all of the best of what librarians can be and do for our world. He was a huge influence on many of us, had a big impact on libraries and services and will be greatly missed.

  35. I worked with Locke at UCI during his career stint here. One of my memories of him is of co-teaching Humanities 75, a 2 credit library research methods course with him. I was the lead instructor, and he was the only librarian who actually took me up on my offer to co-teach this ten week course. I remember how dedicated Locke was to the success of the students and how collaborative he was in helping to design and teach the course. We lost touch over the years, time, distance, and diverging career paths will do that for you, but he was kind enough to send condolences when I lost my son at the age of 28 in 2008. It is for those gestures that Locke will be remembered. My thoughts are with his friends and family, especially Al, at this time.

    Cathy

  36. This is very sad news. I first met Locke in 1997 when he started working at USF and I was at Dominican University of CA (called Dominican College then). His sister was attending Dominican and was a student in an instruction session I gave. She introduced herself after that session, telling me I had to meet her brother who was a great librarian.

    Indeed he was a great librarian. He was always a great listener. While we did not meet very often, we would run into each other at one conference or another. Come to think of it, I cannot remember going to any ALA or CARL conferences where he was not present.

    He was very supportive, encouraging and, above all, collegial. He had a quiet, yet persistent way of being encouraging, reminding all around him that they were capable of excellence. He took his job seriously, but not himself. His wit was contagious. He will be missed by many.

  37. I am so saddened to hear of Locke’s death. I remember some of his Facebook messages before and after surgery and how upbeat he was and thinking to myself, now that is the outlook to have even in the face of such a serious illness. For the years we overlapped at UC Irvine (1991-1994), Locke was one of the brightest, most upbeat, most articulate, and funniest librarians on the staff. He was also extraordinarily kind and considerate of everyone. He could turn a potentially tense planning meeting for the new UCI Science Library under construction into a positive experience simply by being Locke – positive, concerned, trusted. He was a passionate professional and I was so pleased to follow his career as he became a sought after “go to” person in LAUC, the Northern California and Nevada Medical Library group, Medical Library Association, and ACRL. Locke was one in a million. Deepest sympathy to the loved ones he left behind including his mom, sister, Al, and his many, many colleagues and friends.

  38. Although I never met Locke, I so appreciated his work for NCNMLG and his postings to the list. As a past president and joint conference chair, I so appreciate Locke’s carrying NCNMLG forward. My deepest sympathy to his family, friends,and colleagues.

  39. Though I worked at USF during my library school days, that was before Locke’s arrival. I came to know Locke later through his work and commitment to ACRL.

    Locke is a true human being. A generous heart. A kind soul. A colleague and friend who will be missed. His continuation is our responsibility now and Randy has done excellent work here to assure that continuation.

  40. Locke and I met in the fall of 1977 as undergraduates at UCLA. We worked together at UCLA Biomed before he went on to become the outstanding librarian that he was. We went to basketball games together, and as alumni we shared a block of season tickets for UCLA football. He was one of the few people I have ever known who was as passionate about his profession as he was about sports!

    When I was undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer 10 years ago, Locke shipped a beautiful little rock garden to me. He personally selected several stones with hand-painted words on them, such as Faith, Believe, Courage, Hope, Strength. It was this kind of concern and care that made him such a cherished friend in my life for 33 years.

    Locke was an amazing man who will be missed greatly. Condolences to Al and to all of Locke’s family.

  41. Like a couple of the Karens above (Greig and Andrews), I knew Locke primarily from the early part of his library career, in the engineering library community. He and I lost touch for a bit when he moved from Irvine to SF, but then started running into each other again at ALA or ACRL conferences.

    In fact, it became something of a joke that, while Locke and I never _planned_ to meet at a conference, if we were both at the same one we nearly always ran into each other at some point, even among the bazillions of people at an Annual. We’d stop and chat for a few minutes, play a bit of catch-up on what had been going on in each other’s lives, and then move on until the next time we ran into each other.

    The thing I will remember most about Locke is his attitude – he had as positive an outlook on life (and most other things) as anyone I’ve ever known. Almost never saw the guy without a smile on his face. I’ll miss that.

  42. I got to know Locke through the ACRL Board and his excellent service as the ACRL representative to the ALA Council. He was a master communicator, articulate, with a great sense of humor. His insights and presence will be greatly missed. He was a great librarian and mentor to students and colleagues at several institutions.

    My condolences to Al and all of Locke’s family.

    My condolences to Al and Locke’s family.

  43. Locke was a dear friend and colleague. I worked at UCI with him from 1990 – 1992 and in that time and after got to know him well. He would come down from San Francisco and always made a point of stopping in at Santa Barbara for a visit. I will miss our annual baseball trek during ALA and getting together when we could. Locke is very much loved and will be missed. Condolences to Al and Locke’s family.

  44. I knew Locke through the USF Caucus. We could count on him to be ready to help with anything – always positive, always full of ideas. My condolences to Al and the rest of Locke’s family. He will be greatly missed.

  45. I too was on that Diversity Committee on LGBT issues that Locke chaired. He was a tireless worker, bright, easy to be and work with and lots of fun. I treasured my times with him.

    I last saw him in SF when we talked there about our Cuba library workers trip.

    It was a shock to hear about him and he will be much missed in the library/SF/GLBT community. My condolences to Al and Locke’s mother.

  46. Locke was a great friend, wonderful colleague, a model librarian, an inspiration to me and many others. When he came to UCI in the early 1990s he made a quick, successful transition from corporate libraries to academic. He was a contributor and very quickly became a leader. He and I carpooled, riding to campus and back every day in my ’68 VW bug… both of us over 6′ tall, laughing now about how we probably looked climbing in and out of that little car… amazed that it only broke down once during those years — the throttle cable that ran from the accelerator pedal to the engine broke, and surprisingly the tow truck driver actually had one in his truck! We drove away, in a fixed vehicle, after only 30 minutes… Locke’s good karma, maybe some of mine too! Locke was a great guy. His commitment to his profession, to diversity, to his friends and colleagues was extremely rare. Locke was a real human being, I’ll miss him.

  47. I worked with Locke while I was at USF from 2001-05. He was a great presence–funny, smart and welcoming. As a mentor, he helped me make sense of some of the trickier content of library school (like Chem Abs!) and I’m a better educator today because of him. We recently got re-acquainted, and as he fought his illness, he always maintained that same old sense of humor, giving nature, and that Locke “spark.” It was a privilege to have known him.

  48. Locke was so, so supportive of library assistants. He encouraged us be involved and to apply for scholarships to attend conferences. He always complimented and congratulated us on projects and programs we had helped put together. I feel incredibly lucky to have crossed paths with such a kind and generous person, and a wonderful Librarian.

  49. Locke taught me so much about being a passionate librarian and living life honestly and with great energy. I remember his love of the profession, his partner, and for life and I know every person he met was impacted positively by his endless compassion and kindness.Thanks for all your gifts Locke.

  50. As one of the law librarians here at USF, I didn’t have too many chances to work directly with Locke, but it was great when a reason (or even a slight pretext!) arose. As so many have said, he was a top-notch librarian, but what made it so great to work with him was his good humor and enthusiasm. He was an all-around great man, and I will miss him.
    My deepest sympathy to Al and all of Locke’s family.

  51. I met Locke in 2005 while a student at USF and worked with him and other librarians in the Reference Desk and Government Documents until I graduated in 2007. During our shifts together, I observed how calm, patient, and thorough he was with helping students with their research. After graduation, we kept in touch through Facebook—his updates were amusing and always positive. I am shocked and deeply saddened to hear this news. I will miss you and your great sense of humor, Locke. My deepest condolences to his family, friends, and everyone whose lives this wonderful man touched.

  52. Locke was a supremely generous and supportive mentor, and gave unstintingly of his wisdom, experience and advice. I was one of the many SLIS students who had the good fortune to have an internship opportunity at the Gleeson Library with Locke. The example that he and his staff set of warm collegiality and extraordinary service is one that I will never forget. Locke will be profoundly missed.

  53. Locke was simply an inspiration. He was this fabulous blend of passion and not taking himself too seriously. I learned a lot from Locke and will miss him.

  54. Locke was one of those unique individuals, when you first met him, that made you feel like you had been friends for years. He was great to work with and a real privilege to have known him.

  55. Locke was kindness personified. He was always helpful, thoughtful and kind to me. We laughed together and I learned from him.

    Sadly missed.

  56. Locke was my friend, and cherished friends who are lost leave a hole in my heart forever. We had a lovely dinner together at NASIG in Palm Springs. That was the last time I spent so much extended time together. Just the other day, I suggested someone talk to Locke about a library issue; where does one go now?

  57. Still in disbelief when I saw the news today. Locke was an extraordinary librarian, served as a strong mentor to a number of my friends who are now great librarians, and contributed so much to the field. The next CARL conference will definitely have a void. Here’s hoping he and Ilene Rockman are now catching up.

  58. My last memory of Locke was last week. My wife Penny and I had brought a dear friend of ours over to his apartment to sing to him. What I thought was going to be a night of soft moving music was instead a night of raucous sing-a-long with Stephanie, Penny, Locke, Melanie and I. Locke chose the songs: from ‘Waterloo” to “Sweet Home Alabama” to an acapella rendition of “Stand By Your Man” (we didn’t have the sheet music for that one). I’m surprised the neighbors didn’t complain. When Locke was too tired to sing anymore he asked for “Silent Night.” I had a very hard time getting all the way through that song without crying. I did not know then that that was the last time I would see him, but I will always be grateful to him for giving myself and my wife that wonderful gift of singing with him. You are with the angels now Locke.

  59. Locke was a true professional and dear man. I have many fond memories of Locke from CARL and ACRL… but I will probably always treasure most my memory of our sincere talk we had after the passing of our mutual friend and colleague Ilene Rockman. He was just such a wonderful guy and mentoring person…I am so saddened to hear of his passing. My sincerest condolences go out to his family.

  60. Back in the 90′s at UC Irvine, I was fortunate to have worked with Locke and be inspired by Locke to strive to be the best librarian I could be. Throughout the years I’ve had the occasional opportunity to talk with Locke at various conferences and meetings and was always impressed by his dedication, professionalism and positive influence he had on others around him. On behalf of the Librarians Association of the University of California, I would like to express my deepest condolences to Locke’s family and friends. He will be missed but never forgotten.

    Michael Yonezawa
    LAUC President, 2010/2011

  61. what a beautiful tribute for such a kind and generous human being.

    i met Locke in 2006 and enjoyed chatting with him when he worked at the reference desk in gleeson. he was so smart, welcoming, and encouraging. plus, he was so damn funny.

    we both attended UCLA as undergrads and even lived in the same dorm building. although i don’t follow sports as much as Locke did, i always made sure to find him at the library the day after a big UCLA win – not so much because i cared about the outcome of the game but because i loved seeing his big, huge smile.

    today i made my way to the reference desk at gleeson and it sure felt empty. we miss you Locke.

  62. I can’t believe that he passed away…he was really helpful all the time and I always saw him helping other students in the Library. USF has lost an amazing Librarian…and his presence will be missed but not forgotten.

  63. This is profoundly sad news. I was fortunate to be one of the many SJSU SLIS students that Locke mentored. He was such a kind and generous person, and I learned so much from observing the professionalism, enthusiasm, and sense of humor he brought to his work. I feel lucky to have known him, and my heart goes out to his family and friends, and to the folks at Gleeson – he will be missed.

  64. Thank you everyone for loving Locke for the wonderful person that he was. I will treasure these comments re: Locke just as I treasure the time that I spent with Locke during the last 12 days of his life.

  65. I knew Locke from the time he was a graduate student at UCLA Library School, where he was already at the vanguard of the profession in doing research on gender and librarianship. Then I was fortunate enough to be a colleague when he worked at UCI Libraries, where his generosity, humor, and professionalism was a model for us all.

    After he went to work in the Bay Area, I would bump into him at conferences, and it was clear that life was good. He loved his soulmate and partner Al, he was incredibly happy to live closer to his mother and sister & other family members, and he loved working with his USF colleagues. My condolences to Al, Locke’s family, and his many friends. He touched so many lives, and we will miss him.

  66. I met Locke in 1997 when he welcomed me warmly to the southern UC science librarians group. He always made a point of emailing me as a newbie librarian to check in on how I was doing and he gave much valued feedback on conference presentations I gave. He was a joy to work with and I will miss catching up with him at conferences. My sincerest condolences to Locke’s partner and family.

  67. I’m very sad to learn that Locke has passed away, but glad to read of how he enriched the lives of so many of us. Locke was a dynamic advocate for diversity in the library profession, and I met him several years ago as a participant in the Spectrum program, where he was in charge of the mentoring component. I’ll always remember the day I attended a forum on diversity in information professions at UCLA, the week before I was to start library school. Locke was one of the first people I met, and there was something about his presence that made me feel more comfortable.

    I was delighted to be able to keep in touch with him during library school and afterwards, as I took my first full time position and we had in common the worlds of SCELC and electronic resources librarianship.

    I’m glad I was able to share with him once how he contributed to the career path I have chosen. While attending the 2007 ACRL in Baltimore thanks to a Spectrum travel grant, I was invited to dinner with Locke and the other grant recipients. The meal was tasty and our conversation was lively. At one point Locke asked me where I saw myself working, if I could attain any kind of job after graduation. “An electronic resources librarian with emphasis in the humanities, at a small academic library” was what came out of my mouth – a surprise to me, as I had never articulated an ideal job so specifically before. Now I realize that understanding had been inside me all along, waiting for the right question to bring it out. It was a simple question he asked that evening, but he meant it sincerely as a mentor, and it made all the difference to me.

  68. I met Locke at UCLA GSLIS as a classmate who soon became a friend and colleague. Certainly, he will be missed, but we all are richer for our having known and appreciated him and his impact on our lives and work.

  69. Locke encouraged me to become a librarian soon after we started working together at UC Irvine (I was a student worker in the Reference Dept). We kept in touch after I graduated and moved to San Francisco, sometimes meeting for brunch we visited the city. It took me 15 years to see the wisdom of his advice. Once I entered the MLS program, he continued to offer advice and mentorship, through my graduation and into my first steps at being a BayNet officer. I’ll miss him greatly. My condolences to Al, his family, and my colleagues.

  70. I met Locke in April of this year at a summit in San Francisco, and was immediately struck by his openness, thoughtfulness and sense of fun – all of which is reflected in this post and these comments. I was shocked to see he had passed away. I wish I could have gotten to know him better. Best wishes, Locke – as many have said, you will be missed.

  71. I met Locke in the late 80′s when he came to work with Sarah Scott and me at Hughes Aircraft. The three of us explored all manner of subjects and filled the days with much laughter. Now, both of them are dearly missed leaving those days even more treasured. Until we meet again friends…

  72. What beautiful tributes to Locke and what great stories of his life as a librarian, mentor and friend. I love his picture as the “sheriff” because he always spoke up for the rights of the under-served and the under-represented. When I saw him angry, it was never personal but directed toward an injustice or unfairness that needed righting. Locke was a physically big man and that always surprised me because he also had a lightness about him – smiling, laughing, joking, and simply enjoying life. I’ll miss him on many levels. He set the bar high for all of us.

  73. I always enjoyed working with Locke, whether writing a grant proposal together and watching his brilliant mind at work, or chatting in the library. He will be greatly missed by many. So very sad.

  74. Locke was a wonderful colleague. He was always a great resource and help for my Sport Management graduate students over the years. I will always remember him for his kind and gentle nature and will miss him very much.

  75. Locke was one of the first people I met, when I joined ASEE. His friendliness went a long way to helping a “newbie” feel at home and a part of the engineering libraries community. I always appreciated that and will miss him.

  76. What a loss. I am deeply saddened to hear of Locke’s passing. He was an amazing and patient resource for hundreds of Biology majors. He was a wonderful and giving person and I’ll miss him.

  77. As a faculty member at USF, I have been lucky enough to have Locke guide me and my students around Gleeson. He was so kind and thoughtful, and I am so sad to hear of his death.

  78. Locke was an amazing librarian, a great colleague, and a huge sweetheart. I will always remember his wisdom, patience and compassion. He will be missed tremendously here at Gleeson Library, but I firmly believe his spirit will live on with all of us. How could it not?

  79. I’m so sorry to hear about Locke. Unfortunately, I only met him once, but I have him to thank for the wonderful internship opportunity I had at Gleeson Library. My thoughts are with him, his family and his colleagues.

  80. Locke has been an amazing friend, colleague, and conference roommate. It has been so long that I don’t know when we first met, but likely at an SLA meeting somewhere or other.
    His energy, sense of humor, passion for and in the profession, and wise view on so many things will be sorely missed.

    Locke’s visit to Los Angeles not that long ago to speak at UCLA was wonderful and I think the last time I was able to see him. I will cherish that and so many other memories. Rest now my dear friend.

  81. Locke was my supervisor at USF for over eleven years. Locke meant so much to me. He knew a ton about almost every issue in academic librarianship, but he really shined as a leader, teacher, and researcher. He was incredibly generous with his knowledge. I asked lots of questions when I started, fresh out of library school, but even years later, whenever I needed advice or assistance, Locke was always willing to help.

    Locke was an exemplary instructor and extremely dedicated to teaching. While he was on medical leave this last August, he even shared his innovative ideas for my Foreword class for incoming freshmen.

    Locke was the type of supervisor people dream of having. He valued and trusted his staff. He provided strong leadership and on top of that did all the work that staff reference librarians did.

    Above all, Locke had a big heart and was always quick to acknowledge the contributions of others. As I look around my office, I see thoughtful souvenirs from his travels, which he would present as a token of his gratitude for my serving as acting department head in his absence. I have a vase from the Southwest, a sweatshirt from Newport Beach, and a beautiful print from Hawaii (he loved Hawaii and always had the best Aloha shirts!) He was loved by all at the library. Our department has not felt the same since he went on medical leave this summer. I have long admired Locke, and he continues to inspire me even though he is no longer with us in this world. We miss him dearly.

  82. I remember Locke very fondly. He was helpful and gracious to me when I would do various literature searches dealing with East Asia. He showed me great patience and respect, and I always knew I could count on him to get the best sources possible. I never got to know him on a more personal level, as so many of the previous posters have shown. But it doesn’t surprise me that Locke had an incredible influence on his friends and colleagues and entire community. He will truly be missed.

  83. How many people do you come across your life who affected that many lives? He was the first person interviewed me and because of him I’m sitting here at my desk and type in words dedicated to him.

    I’m sure he is in peace now, as much as he was at work and during his hard times. Many people just talk about peace but he WAS Peace and he always will be. This is the energy I’ve felt whenever I saw him and it still exists in Gleeson.

  84. Terribly saddened to hear of Locke’s passing. What a dedicated and intelligent individual, with a kind and caring heart. His dry/wry sense of humor was only recently revealed to me and was a treat to behold. I’ll miss him. Sending my deepest condolences to his family and colleagues at USF and elsewhere…

  85. Cheers to the lasting legacy of a most incredible librarian. I will not soon forget where I first got a taste of academic librarianship and learned the art of citation analysis and discovered the science of bibliometrics. May Locke’s influence continue to inspire us all to excel in all that we do.

  86. Such sad news, and the response to it demonstrates how much Locke was loved and valued by colleagues and friends. I have known Locke since he was a student at UCLA. As a Library student employee, he was already a “professional.” He was a kind and generous friend. I miss him now.

  87. I served with Locke on the ACRL Board. He was energetic, conscientious, intelligent and a joy to be around. I can only imagine how those who worked with him on a day-to-day basis are mourning this great loss.

  88. USF was blessed to have him and will be missed. I usually emailed him for assistance in my research papers and he always have answers.

  89. I had the pleasure of working with Locke first in ACRL Chapters Council and then on the ACRL Board. He always had the inside scoop on ALA politics and personalities, and the ability to frame a narrow issue within a broader context. I appreciated Locke’s quick smile and quicker wit. He will be missed. My sympathy to Al and all of Locke’s family.

  90. I had no idea that Locke had passed away. He was my mentor during my library school internship, and couldn’t have been a better one. Throughout my career, I have aspired to follow his example. The world was a better place with him in it.

    My deepest sympathies go out to Al and all of Locke’s family, and to those who worked with him at Gleeson Library and in ALA.

    Rest in peace, Locke, knowing that you have truly made a difference.

  91. Locke was a great librarian and person. I was shocked to learn about his passing. It was my great pleasure to work with Locke for five years as Chair of the ACRL Dr. E.J. Josey Spectrum Mentor Committee. He was a dedicated worker on this committee. I could always depend on him to serve on a submcommittee, attend a meeting, or split the cost of refreshment at a restaurant for mentees.

    In addition, I served on the ARCL Board with Locke, and he was a good board member. He did an outstanding job as the ACRL Councilor to ALA.

    Locke was active at both the local and national levels. I sometimes marvelled at all he was doing because he did it so well. Locke wasn’t the type of person who agreed to do a task to embellish his vitae. I mean he really did the work. When I would be in the office on Saturday doing committee work or working, I would always see an e-mail message from Locke.

    In closing, Locke, a consummate professional, was also a valued member of the Gleeson Library staff. I will miss him.

    Theresa S. Byrd

  92. I have many fond memories of Locke. He and I interned together at the Louise Darling Biomedical Library while attending the UCLA Graduate School of Library and Information Science (1984 to 1986). We got together now and then over the years after graduation, especially recently in both San Francisco and DC. I am so grateful to have had the chance to see him three times just this past year.

  93. I am grateful to share in honoring Locke’s memory. As with so many others, he was a great mentor to me. What he taught about librarianship, and being a good human being, is enduring.

  94. empty office
    empty chair
    we look around and
    everywhere
    are signs of you
    but you’re not there.

    the reference desk
    the classroom space
    the meetings
    you used to officiate
    no longer seem as vibrant now
    with you not there.

    your easy smile
    the words you’d say
    to help us through
    a difficult day
    are memories cherished
    in our personal way
    by one and all.

    we’ll carry on
    we’ll do our best
    maintain the standards that you set
    we know that is
    what you’d expect
    a promise
    important to be kept.

    in life
    you were someone
    we could trust
    your gentle spirit
    now looks over us
    we feel your presence
    in all we do
    but it’s not the same
    without you.

    RIP dear Locke

    you were the ultimate teacher, mentor and colleague

    dm

    • Thank you, Debbie, for your words. I am sad for all of you who worked with Locke. Clearly he was a wonderful colleague, a great mentor to many. I am inspired by so many tributes to him. I imagine he knew how special he was to you all!

  95. Although I knew Locke from only a few fleeting moments at business dinners, I will always remember the warmth of the individual, and the intellect of the professional. God Speed Locke.

  96. I want to offer my most deepest sympathy to Locke’s partner and family. I have been moving around a lot in the past 3 years; I was most happy when I moved to the west coast and was able to reconnect with Locke. He came to Vegas about 3 times in the last 2 years and I missed his last visit. We met during my AJCU days and kept the emails going. He will be missed.

  97. I am so going to miss Locke. He was such a wonderful colleague. He helped me so many times when I needed him even if it meant him having to drive up to the Santa Rosa campus at night—the night before his vacation! I don’t think he ever said no. He had such a big heart and was so smart. He taught me so much as well as my students at all levels from BSN to DNP. Losing Locke has made me think about how much we need to treasure our Librarian colleagues. They are wonderful people and they add so much to our work and to our community. I truly believe we couldn’t do what we do without them. Locke we miss you.

  98. Thank you all for taking the time to share your thoughts, stories and even poetry(!) about my dear brother Locke. While it is heart-warming to read these posts, I can’t get through them and keep a dry eye. Locke loved his work, his coworkers and his colleagues…it is wonderful to see how many lives he touched and how much he was appreciated. Many thanks to the “Gleeson Family” for being so supportive of Locke and of our family – you are the best!

    No two ways about it: Locke was irreplaceable. I miss him so much.

    Bem

  99. I met Locke thru his teaching a vintage nurse” returning for her DNP, the ins and outs of accessing the Library online. My success in the program was directly related to his instruction AND his commitment to be there for us as we progressed with our research.Just being aware of his dedication and support were gifts given thru his talent and USF. Thank you all for the comments and insight into this lovely man. dr lisa gifford

  100. I will miss Locke, he was a wonderful colleague. My fondest memory of Locke was my 2005 visit to Santa Barbara…we laughed and dined.

  101. Today is my first day to walk into this library and to realize that I won’t see Locke’s smile and hear his friendly “hello.” When I think of Locke, I think of integrity, gentleness, fun-loving, decency, mentorship, and collegiality — Locke was always willing to help teach our nursing students, and he was always there for me with my own research needs. We shared a love of dark chocolate, and sometimes we’d tell each other about a particularly good one we had tasted recently. To this day when I have a good taste of dark chocolate, I think to myself,”I need to let Locke know about this one.”
    Locke, you’ve left us quite a legacy —- think of all the students and colleagues whose lives you’ve touched. I miss you.
    With gratitude for you.

  102. I love reading all these comments, and at the same time they make me miss Locke even more.

    I really do miss him. It is hard to walk past his empty office, hard to look at the photos of him where he is so alive and so often smiling. Every time our Reference Department gathers now, it doesn’t feel quite right, because Locke isn’t there. I always think, “Locke should be here. Locke would want to be here.” Locke would love our laughter, our camaraderie, our plans for the coming semester.

    My memories of Locke include:

    His solid presence. He was always THERE. He was solid, he was dependable, he was real.

    His sense of fun: Forwarding emails about wacky items he found on Yahoo news, ever ready to join in on anything fun. Hey, he and I were in a group that won a prize for group karaoke at the SLA conference in Seattle! And then there was that time that a group of us went to the Sing a Long Wizard of Oz!

    His awareness: He knew what was going on with people, with the library world, with education. He knew what was right, what had integrity.

    His encouragement: If he knew that you had done something good, you could pretty much expect an email from him that said: “Woo- hoo!:)” He also encouraged me to try things, and to have confidence in my ideas. I felt safe with him.

    At Gleeson Library, I have been lucky enough to be in a situation where I am happy to come to work every day. Locke was a big part of that.

    I was also honored to be able to participate in his care during his illness. What a treasure it was to sit with him while brushing his dear kitties, bring him a Starbucks mocha frappucino that I knew he’d really enjoy, or sing “Waterloo” with him, his sister, my wife and our good friend near the end when we visited him and gave him his own private concert. All of these memories are dear too, except for the fact that they happened because of his illness.

    I am glad that I don’t have to mourn Locke alone, that there are so many of us who can share our love and our memories of Locke. As for Locke, I hope wherever he is, he is basking in love and in the good works he has done.

  103. I have been trying to decide what to say about Locke in his honor, and reading all of the previous comments helped me to shape my words.
    Many of the people who have contributed to this memorial have already mentioned some of his endearing and wonderful characteristics. I want to add my strong agreement with those descriptions and add one additional perspective. Beyond the work, beyond the funny emails and all of the assistance that he provided to me, my colleagues and especially my students, I always thought of Locke as my friend. It’s a rare person who can approach his work and his colleagues with the care and generosity and genuine goodness that makes each of us miss him in a very real, personal and loving way. I hope that I will try even harder to emulate this unique quality of his as a way to honor and remember his role in my life.

  104. As a USF library user, the daily presence of Locke doing his “calling” at the reference room was a wholesome sense of ‘joy’. What a wonderful image of education in it’s working. The saying, someone in the right place at the right time seems appropriate. This will live on and find new takers. Thank you Locke

  105. I met Locke at UC Irvine when I was working on my Ph.D. I was working at the Graduate student service division and remember him being very actively involved in various initiatives that dealt with helping students navigate through graduate research. Interestingly enough, we both got a job at USF the same year, 1997, but we didn’t know about it until I visited the library here at USF. It was just funny how we both looked puzzled the very first time we saw each other the USF library–it was one of those moments when for a split second you question your location, as I always saw him at the library in Irvine. He brought that commitment to service and passion for research to USF. The passion he displayed for his research and work was truly contagious. I recall having so many conversations at the gym (he was there every day at around 5:30 p.m. hitting the gym)where he would just bring in that excitement about the various projects he was working on. It was truly contagious. I was on leave at another institution and truly regret not being able to see him in the last couple of years–You will be missed Locke and rest in peace.

  106. Locke was a wonderful human person and professional librarian. My students will miss him. I will miss him. He assisted us with our research and studies in a very kind and friendly manner. I can barely believe that I will now go to the reference desk and he will not be there. Locke, may the sun always shine on your face and bring you joy; may the wind continue to spread your spirit around us….

  107. I have been totally overwhelmed with the kind words everyone has had for Locke, how much he was admired and loved. He made everyone who came to see him feel so welcome and how delighted he was to see them, whether it was Susan Yeh from England, Michael Morrisey from Texas or a fellow worker at USF.

    I would drive him to doctor appts, spend days and nights with him as did his 2 sisters over his last 6 months. He never failed to say a thank you after every little thing I did for him. He watched All My Children with me (He introduced me to the program in 1975 saying his entire college dorm would arange their lunch hour to watch the show.) I watched Glee, football (Go UCLA and Wisconsin)and baseball (Go Giants) games with him.

    Day after day we all told him how proud we were of him and how much we loved him. Shortly before December 14 he told one brother he “was ready” and another brother that he “believed in an after life” , as did his brother. He said he saw his father waiting for him holding his former cat.

    As much as we miss Locke being here with us we can take comfort that he has gone ahead of us to show us the way and we will be with him again. Thank you all for sharing Locke’s life with him and your words with me.

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