Tuesday, March 22, 2011
ROBERT SCOTT AKE (1913-1985)
Robert S. Ake, who started at NYPL in 1946, was promoted to Branch Librarian at the 115th Street Branch in 1948. Not only was this a very rapid rise through the ranks, but it also made him the first man to head a NYPL branch since 1916.
In 1913 (the year of Ake’s birth) Edwin H. Anderson became Acting Director of NYPL and started to name men as Branch Librarians. As a result of Anderson’s efforts, three men were named to head a branch in the years 1913-1916. This experiment was regarded as a failure, and no other man held that position until Ake’s appointment, 32 years later.
Ake resigned from NYPL in 1952 to become a Library Consultant for the State of Connecticut Department of Education, next served as Assistant Director of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (1958-1964) and was Director of the Finkelstein Memorial Library in Spring Valley NY (1964-1972).
March 22nd would be the 98th birthday of Robert Ake.