Haines, Helen Elizabeth

Haines, Helen Elizabeth

(1872–1961) editor, bibliographer, library educator; born in New York City. Educated entirely by her mother and private tutors, she took a position in 1892 with R. R. Bowker, the bibliographic publishers, where she assisted in the production of the Library Journal, Publisher's Weekly, the American Catalogue, State Publications, and the Annual Literary Index. She was appointed managing editor of the Literary Journal in 1896 and she served on the executive board of the American Library Association. Because of ill health she resigned her positions in 1908 and settled in Pasadena, Calif., where she lectured on literature and librarianship at the University of Southern California and the University of California: Los Angeles. The second edition (1950) of her most important work, Living with Books: the Art of Book Selection (1935) attracted criticism for her advocacy of the representation of divergent points of view and her opposition to censorship.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.