Evron Collins

Evron Sharlene Collins, 76, died Monday, March 17, 2014, in Toledo.

She was born April 23, 1937, in Bowling Green, to Robert E. Collins and Sharlene (Wiseman) Collins.

She graduated from Eden Local Schools, Melmore, in 1955 and from Bowling Green State University in 1959, having majored in English and minored in library science. Evron earned a master’s degree in library science in 1960 from the University of Illinois.

Evron served as the biology librarian at Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., from 1960 to 1963. In 1963, she returned to BGSU and worked in the library until 2004, 41 years. Her first position was head of circulation. Later, Evron served as the popular culture library/map librarian, the head of government documents and maps, map librarian and bibliographer. During her years at BGSU, she played an active role in Faculty Senate, serving as secretary and on many of its committees. She was involved with the Canadian Studies Program from its inception and participated in helping the libraries become a Canadian depository. At her retirement, she was honored by the public affairs officer, consulate general of Canada at that time. Additionally, Evron was appointed professor emeritus of university libraries in appreciation of her distinguished service to the university.

Professionally, Evron was a life member of the American Library Association and at various times in her career was a member of the Academic Library Association of Ohio, the Association of College and Research Libraries, the Government Documents Round Table of Ohio, the Ohio Library Association and the Special Library Association.

One of Evron’s abiding interests was miniature books. She was a charter member of the Miniature Book Society. She served as secretary of MBS several times and initially compiled the index to the society’s newsletter. Attending the annual MBS Conclave was a highlight of her year. In 1993, Evron was awarded the Glasgow Cup Award for “showing a special dedication and, above all, friendship to the membership and kept alive that special spirit so evident” at the MBS founding in 1983. She also received the Anderson-Yarnell Award in 1998, which honors “a significant contribution to the Miniature Book Society.” Additionally, Evron donated a collection of miniature books to the University of Illinois Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Evron is survived by her brother and sister-in-law, Verne E. and Charlotte Collins of Winchester, Va.; a niece, Beth Collins Sharp, her husband, Louis, and children Deanna and Vladic of Lovettsville, Va.; a nephew, Christopher Edman Collins, his wife, Therese, and son Noah, of Winchester, Va.; and a niece, Amy Collins Ziehm, her husband, Stephen, and children Elijah and Lily, of Alexandria, Va.

A graveside service will take place at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, March 22, 2014, in Portage Cemetery, County Home Road, Portage.

Memories of Evron and condolences may be shared at www.dunnfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.