In Memoriam: Ruth P. Goldschmidt-Lehmann, 1930—2002

Ruth Pauline Lehmann, born in Altona (near Hamburg) in 1930, emigrated to England in 1939, was appointed Assistant Librarian at Jews’ College in 1948 and in 1954 became its first Chartered Librarian and Acting Librarian. She was promoted to Chief Librarian in 1955, received a Special Diploma in Hebrew Palaeography and Epigraphy at SOAS in 1956 and in 1964 was elected a Fellow of the Library Association. In 1973, after twenty five years at the College, during which time, according to Ezra Kahn, the present Librarian, she ‘put the Library on a proper footing and introduced scientific methods of librarianship’, she moved to Jerusalem on her mar? riage to Josef Goldschmidt, a Member of Knesset, and thereafter published under her married name Ruth P. Goldschmidt-Lehmann. She is remem? bered for exemplifying her own definition of her profession (in an article on ‘Librarianship’, no. A24): ‘Librarianship is the art of knowing

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