Julieann V. Nilson was born on July 19, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her B.A.
in English at Indiana University and as an undergraduate worked with Margaret Rufsvold, the first Dean of the Graduate Library School at IU (1966-1967), when it was the Division of Library Science. After completing her B.A., Julie worked for the Indiana University Libraries and earned her M.A. in Library Science from the Graduate School
in 1966. (At that time, library science degrees were granted by the Graduate School through the School of Education).
Julie started her library career at the LaPorte (Indiana) Public Library, working
with librarian Margaret Sheviak (who was later on the
Library School faculty and taught children’s literature for many years).
Her career at the Indiana University Libraries spanned four decades and
included positions as a cataloger, department head in Acquisitions, and most recently
as the Librarian for Latin American, Iberian, and Chicano-Riqueño Studies.
Julie’s skills in Portuguese (she received language training through a Ford
Foundation grant), her professional service as a Latin American Studies cataloger,
and leadership in the CIC’s coordinated preservation microfilming of Latin American
materials all greatly contributed to the strength of the IU Libraries collections and
services. Her professional affiliations included being a
founding member of the Midwest Organization of Libraries for Latin American Studies
(MOLLAS), membership in ALA, ACRL, LITA, ALCTS, Indiana Library Association, and
InULA. She was also recently involved in SALALM (Seminar on
the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials).
Her many professional accomplishments include receiving the William Evan Jenkins
Librarian Award in 1990 in recognition of her contributions to librarianship as well
as the IU Libraries. She was committed to advancing faculty
status for librarians and was devoted to mentoring those new to the profession. Julie
was also very involved in the Bloomington community. She
served on the Bloomington Area Arts Council and was an avid art collector.
Julie Nilson was a very special librarian, who played a large role
in InULA and the efforts to obtain and secure faculty status for librarians at
Indiana University. She was untiring in her efforts to assist InULA, both
in its behind-the-scenes activities and in InULA’s public efforts. In honor of her
many contributions to InULA, the Board of Directors voted on December 16, 2002 to
name the InULA scholarship program in Julie’s honor.