Honoring Peggy Jean Peter Chalaron, former SLIS Librarian
Peggy Jean Peter Chalaron, 74, of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, passed away peacefully surrounded by loved ones on July 6, 2017 after a brief illness.
We would like to salute Peggy for her long years of outstanding service to LSU and her profession.
Peggy received her BA in Education and a Masters degree in Library Science from LSU. She worked as a librarian at LSU for more than 46 years. She was the Head of the Education Resources Library, a position which she retired from in 2013. She also had a small antiques business for many years. She enjoyed reading, gardening, and birding.
Peggy began her library career at LSU before she got her library degree. She worked as a Library Associate while a student in LSU’s School for Library & Information Science. After completing her degree, she continued at LSU Libraries fulfilling a wide variety of job responsibilities as the libraries’ needs changed, including Head of Newspapers and Microforms, Head of Acquisitions, Head of Instructional Materials, and Head of the School of Library & Information Science Library (before it was merged with the LSU Library collection). In her role as Head of Education Resources and Distance Education Librarian, she advanced library services for distance education students at LSU.
Peggy held a variety of offices and committee memberships at the local, state, and national level, including serving on various American Library Association committees, twice president of the Louisiana chapter of the Association of College & Research Libraries, a member and chair of LSU’s Commission on the Status of Women, three separate terms on the LSU Faculty Senate, and a member and chair of the first LSU Library Faculty Policy Committee. She was especially concerned with intellectual freedom throughout her career, hosting regular displays in Education Resources commemorating “Banned Books Week” and winning the Louisiana Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Award.
Her career spanned a remarkable period in the history of academic libraries, going from the era of the card catalog to the age of online discovery, and it was partly the rapid advances in information technology that kept her interested in and part of the library profession.
A few words in honor of Peggy from her friends, co-workers, and colleagues