With sadness we remember our colleague Dr. Kay Bishop

Genevieve Kay (Kay Bishop) Bishop, 1942–2013

It is will great sadness that we share the news of Dr. Kay Bishop’s passing on January 10, 2013. Dr. Bishop joined the University at Buffalo Master of Library Science program in 2002 shortly after the evolution of the School of Information and Library Studies into the School of Informatics, which was dissolved in 2006 but remained as a department of Library and Information Studies in the UB Graduate School of Education. Her tenure in the Department of Library and Information Studies from 2002 until her retirement on December 31, 2012 was one of many contributions to teaching, research, and service.

Kay Bishop held the Ph.D. in Library and Information Studies, Florida State University granted in 1992. Her dissertation was “The Roles of the School Library Media Specialist in an Elementary School Using a Literature-Based Reading Program: An Ethnographic Case Study.” She had earned the M.A., Library Science, The University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida (1984) as well as the M.Ed., Guidance and Counseling, Washington State University in Pullman, Washington (1979) and her B.A. was in English Education from Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida (1963).

Kay had a varied career which included service in the U.S. Peace Corps, volunteer English and science teacher in Dhulikhel, Nepal, 1963-65; high school English teacher in Sarasota, FL, 1965–66; junior high school English teacher in Bradenton, FL, 1966–67; school media specialist in Manatee County, FL, 1970–71; school media specialist and director of academically talented program at a Christian school in Bradenton, 1974–84; high school media specialist in Palmetto, FL, 1984–92; school media specialist at elementary school in Hanau, Germany, 1992–93; librarian at American school in Montagnola-Lugano, Switzerland, 1993–94; Murray State University, Murray, KY, assistant professor of education, 1994–95; University of Southern Mississippi, Hattiesburg, assistant professor of library and information science, 1995–97; University of Kentucky, Lexington, assistant professor of library and information science, 1997–99; University of South Florida, Tampa, and finally the University at Buffalo.

Involved in professional associations, Kay Bishop was a member of and frequent contributor to the conferences and publications of the International Association of School Librarianship, and the American Library Association’s following divisions: Association for Library and Information Science Education, Association for Library Service to Children, American Association of School Librarians (and Educators of Library Media Specialists Section), Young Adult Library Services Association. She was also a member of the New York Library Association, School Librarians' Association of Western New York, University of South Florida Alumni Association, Beta Phi Mu, Phi Kappa Phi, Friends of Nepal, and Returned Peace Corps Volunteers.

Her publications include:

(With Jean Donham, Carol Kuhlthau, and Dianne Oberg) Inquiry-Based Learning: Lessons from Library Power, Linworth Publishing (Worthington, OH), 2001.

(With Phyllis Van Orden) The Collection Program in Schools: Concepts, Practices, and Information Sources, 3rd edition, Libraries Unlimited (Englewood, CO), 2001, 4th edition (sole author), 2006.

Connecting Libraries with Classrooms: The Curricular Roles of the Media Specialist, Linworth Publishing (Worthington, OH), 2003.

(With Sue Janczak) A Staff Development Guide to Workshops for Technology and Information Literacy: Ready to Present!, Linworth Publishing (Worthington, OH), 2005.

The family thanks those for the cards, messages, pictures, songs, videos, visits, and prayers during her illness. Quoting her daughter Jenny Cahall: “Her room was full of reminders of all of you—she was surrounded by your love.”

The family plans a celebration of life/memorial service to be held on Anna Maria Island, FL, within the next few months. More information about the service will be made available at a later date.

It was Kay's wish that, in lieu of flowers, memorials in her honor be given to one of the following organizations:

  1. Florida Hospital HospiceCare
    301 Memorial Medical Parkway
    Daytona Beach, FL 32117

    Please specify on an enclosed note: Donation for the nurses station unit: supplies and equipment for nurses' use. In memory of Genevieve "Kay" Bishop.

  2. The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation

  3. Your Favorite local PBS Station
February 15, 2013

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