Evron Sharlene Collins died Monday, March 17, 2014 in Toledo, OH.
She was born on April 23, 1937 in Bowling Green, OH to Robert E. Collins and Sharlene (Wiseman) Collins.
She graduated from Eden Local Schools, Melmore, OH in 1955 and from Bowling Green State University (BGSU)
in 1959, having majored in English and minored in Library Science. Evron earned a Master of Science in
Library Science in 1960 from the University of Illinois.
Evron served as the Biology Librarian at Northwestern University, Evanston, IL from 1960-1963.
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 & 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
At her retirement, she was honored by the Public Affairs Officer, Consulate General of Canada at that
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
One of Evron’s abiding interests was miniature books. She was a charter member of the Miniature Book
Society (MBS). She served as Secretary of MBS several times and initially compiled the index to their
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
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;
niece, Beth Collins Sharp, husband Louis, and children Deanna and Vladic of Lovettsville, VA; nephew,
Christopher Edman Collins, wife Therese, and son Noah, of Winchester, VA; and niece, Amy Collins Ziehm,
husband Stephen, children Elijah and Lily, of Alexandria, VA
A graveside service will take place Saturday, March 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the Portage Cemetery,
County Home Road, Portage, OH.
Memories of Evron and condolences may be shared at http://www.dunnfuneralhome.com/Obituaries.