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Irmgard Spencker (1941–2017) – In memoriam

Irmgard Spencker died on 17 October 2017 a few months after reaching the age of 76. She was born on 15 July 1941 in Leipzig. We would like to offer our heartfelt condolences to her husband whom she married in 1970.

After obtaining her school-leaving Abitur qualification in 1959, Irmgard Spencker first studied at the Hochschule für Bauwesen in Leipzig, but broke off her studies after two years. In October 1961 she began working as a library assistant in the user services department of the then Deutsche Bücherei. She was to stay for almost 40 years, eventually rising to the position of Director of the Leipzig site. From September 1962 she took a distance-learning degree at the "Erich Weinert" Fachschule für Bibliothekare and in 1965 passed the final exam in the degree course for librarians at academic libraries. She followed this by working in the journals reading room, before becoming deputy head of the reading rooms in January 1970. After completing a further distance-learning degree course at the Berlin Humboldt University in February 1985, the graduate librarian took over as head of the Exile Literature Collection. She was instrumental in setting up the field of exile literature/Sozialistica. From September 1987 she headed the new area of journal usage/loose-leaf collection within the user department. Two years later she was made head of the user department itself and, from May 1992, also acting representative of the Director of the Deutsche Bücherei, Dr. Gottfried Rost. On 1 December 1996, she succeeded him as permanent representative of the Director General of the then federal institute, the Deutsche Bibliothek. She retired at her own request on 31 August 2001.

Irmgard Spencker was head of the Leipzig Construction Working Group, supervised the renovation of the historic building of the Deutsche Bücherei and oversaw the early planning for the fourth extension of the German National Library in Leipzig right through to the feasibility study and initial financing commitments.

We have lost a dedicated colleague who devoted much energy to the development of the institution as a whole. With great sadness and our heartfelt condolences, we bid farewell to a commendable colleague.

We will honour her memory.

On behalf of the German National Library and its staff
Dr. Elisabeth Niggemann, Director General
Michael Fernau, Director in Leipzig

Last update: 10.4.2017

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