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.