Barbara Sykes-Austin Retires from Avery Library

After twenty-five years of dedicated service, Barbara Sykes-Austin has retired to pursue personal interests.

Over the span of her career, Barbara contributed more than 100,000 records to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals — nearly one-sixth of the total number of records in the Index! These records established a rigorous standard that has become a hallmark of the Index, making it a valued resource to researchers worldwide.
In addition, she contributed more than 25 book notes on art and architecture to C&RL's  "Selected Reference Works," and served as editor of the Guide to Reference Sources (10, 11, & 12 editions) for architecture and decorative arts sections.
She served as treasurer of ARLIS/NA (1995-96) and of the Council of Planning Librarians (1996-97). 
But perhaps her most notable contribution as been her dedication to research support services. She has been a highly valued source of reference and consultative services to our students and the community of scholars who use Avery, its services and collections.

4 thoughts on “Barbara Sykes-Austin Retires from Avery Library

    I wish Barbara a great life after Avery! 
    Throughout “Arkitekt/Zeki Sayar” project at Avery, she was very helpful and friendly. 
    Thank you Barbara and a happy new year! …
    Meral / Istanbul. 

  2. Happy retirement big sister.  Your tours of the library with grandsons in tow were always such fun.  I'm sure you'll be missed by all that needed your help and guidance.  Maybe now you'll have time for a visit by me w/o worrying about work.   

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