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Mortimer Taube

Born: Dec 6, 1910

Death: Sep 3, 1965

Birthplace: Jersey City

Nationality: United States

Mortimer Taube

Date of Birth : Dec 6, 1910
Date of Death : Sep 3, 1965
Birth Place : Jersey City

Mortimer Taube was an American librarian. He is on the list of the 100 most important leaders in Library and Information Science of the 20th century. He was important to the Library Science field because he invented Coordinate Indexing, which uses “uniterms” in the context of cataloging. It is the forerunner to computer based searches. In the early 1950s he started his own company, Documentation, Inc. with Gerald J. Sophar. Previously he worked at such institutions as the Library of Congress, the Department of Defense, and the Atomic Energy Commission. American Libraries calls him “an innovator and inventor, as well as scholar and savvy businessman.” Current Biography called him the “Dewey of mid-twentieth Librarianship.” Mortimer Taube was a very active man with varying interests such as tennis, philosophy, sailing, music, and collecting paintings.


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