November 4, 1954 ~ July 4, 2019

Born in: Netherlands,
Resided in: Arvada, Colorado

Ellen Greenblatt passed away after a long illness, on July 4, 2019. She is survived by her wife and partner of 31 years, Laura Reiman.

Ellen was a lecturer at the San Jose State University School of Information, as well as the Information School at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, where she specialized in courses dealing with library services to LGBTQ communities and diverse populations.  Ellen retired after many years as Associate Dean for Access, Collections, and Technical Services at Auraria Library, Denver, Colorado and had also worked as a Head of Authority Control at the State University of New York at Buffalo Library and Head of the Romance Languages Team at Princeton University Libraries.  She co-edited several books on services to LGBTQ library users, and was a pioneer in that field.  She was also one of the first co-chairs of the ALA GLBT Round Table.

Ellen’s passion was teaching and inspiring beginning librarians to work with diverse populations.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggestions Memorial donations be made in Ellen’s honor to the LGBTQ Student Resource Center, Campus Box 74, PO Box 173362, Denver, CO 80217.

A Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, July 18 2019 at 6:30pm at the Horan & McConaty Family Chapel, 7577 W. 80th Ave. Arvada CO 80003.

Please share your memories of Ellen and condolences with her family by visiting the guestbook below.


Memorial Service: July 18, 2019 6:30 pm

Horan & McConaty - Northwest/Arvada
7577 W. 80th Ave.
Arvada, CO 80003

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    • Dear Laura, so sorry for your profound loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  1. Dr. Greenblatt was one of my professors at SJSU and I actually just finished re-reading all the materials from her class a few weeks ago. She challenged me with her feedback to become a better librarian and to think about concepts I had never thought of, while allowing me to arrive at different conclusions than she herself held. I am saddened to have missed the opportunity to meet her in person (I now also live in the greater Denver area) and to write her a “Thank You” note for the class.
    My condolences.

  2. My deepest condolences to the family of Ellen Greenblatt during this most difficult time. May the God of comfort, comfort you in all your trials. 2 Corinthians 1:3,4.

  3. My deepest condolences to Laura.
    Ellen was one of my first professors in my MLIS program at San Jose State University. She was inspiring and challenging, and her class was the finest introduction to the world of librarianship for this newbie. I remember her as kind and whip smart, and I think of her often. The world will be a lesser place without her in it.

  4. Ellen was my library school mentor, a member of my thesis committee, and an inspiration to me. I pursued LGBT librarianship because she showed me it was possible. I am so sorry that she is gone.

  5. I was fortunate to be a colleague and friend of Ellen’s in Buffalo. We shared many meetings, lunches, laughs and training classes together. She was so knowledgeable about so many things, but I will always remember her compassion, humor, honesty and kindness. Ellen was a treasure and I will always feel lucky that our paths crossed. My deepest sympathy to Laura and Ellen’s other family and friends. She made the world a better place. Peace. 💜

  6. My heart aches. Ellen was a pioneer of lgbtq library work. She invited my first contributed chapter about the Lesbian Herstory Archives in the anthology Gay and Lesbian Library Service, 1990. Her essay in that book, “Homosexuality: The Evolution of a Concept…,” remains the touchstone for critical queer cataloging. It rocked my world. Ellen was smart, direct, compassionate. I extend my deepest condolences to Laura.

  7. To Ellen’s Loved Ones…

    Unfortunately, although I never met Ellen, we had many phone conversations over the years while I was working for Laura at Westgate Elementary.

    When I would answer the phone in the Library I was always glad to hear it was Ellen on the other end, and not a work call. I loved her kind, sweet voice. I could feel her smile and upbeat personality through the phone.

    I am so sorry for your loss. May you always hold fond memories of your time together.

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