Lester J. Pourciau, Jr.


School of Library and Information Science Distinguished Alumni Award (1999)
Indiana University Bloomington
Ph.D. 1975


Lester Pourciau, Jr., was a librarian, administrator, speaker, and author. Pourciau was the Director of Libraries at University of Memphis, where he formed the Friends of the University of Memphis Libraries in 1994. He founded the Ethics of Electronic Information in the 21st Century Symposium.

Throughout his career, Pourciau received numerous awards including the 1989 Tennessee Library Association Honor Award, Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Graduate Library School at LSU and the Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana University from the Graduate School of Library and Information Science. Pourciau was the first African-American to become the Student Government Association president during his time at Louisiana State University, where he obtained his M.L.S.