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Kerker, Ann E.



  • Existence: May 19, 1912 - June 15, 1997

Biographical Information

Ann Elizabeth Kerker was born May 19, 1912 and was the first veterinary medicine librarian at Purdue University. Before becoming a librarian, Kerker worked as a medical technologist for twenty-two years which brought her to work overseas in places such as South America, Saudi Arabia, and Aruba. She returned to West Lafayette and pursued a career in librarianship. While working in the Life Sciences Library at Purdue, she earned her master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois. In 1959, Kerker started as the first veterinarian librarian at Purdue University. At that time, there was no building to house the library and she worked out of the Life Science library until a new building was built one year later. Shortly before her retirement, Kerker established the Information Service for Veterinarians in Indiana. During her career, Kerker served as the president and executive director of the Medical Library Association. She retired from Purdue in 1977 and passed away on June 15, 1997.


Third meeting of the 1997-1998 Purdue University Senate, pgs. 17-18. UA 8, Purdue University Faculty and Senate records, Purdue University Archives and Special Collections, Purdue University Libraries.


Medical Library Association. (2015, September 3). Kerker, Ann E. MLA Oral Histories. Retrieved from:,-ann-e.

Found in 1 Collection or Record:

Purdue University Libraries records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 30
Scope and Contents The Purdue University Libraries records document, the history, administration and activities of the Purdue University Libraries.  Types of materials include: annual reports, brochures, ephemera, minutes, miscellaneous materials, newsletters, pamphlets, photographs, publications, records, surveys, and training manuals.  The original order of the records was maintained in most cases.  Some boxes may include cross-departmental documents, and confidential items have been removed and housed in a...
Dates: circa 1800s - 2000s; Majority of material found within 1980 - 2004