Simmons GSLIS Remembers Ernest DiMattia Jr. '65LS

July 09, 2014

GSLIS alum, adjunct, and pioneer for public libraries

Ernest "Ernie" DiMattia Jr. '65LS, an advocate for libraries and GSLIS, died on June 26, 2014. As the president of Stamford's Ferguson Library, DiMattia supervised the renovation main library and three of its branches, according to the Stamford Daily Voice.

A pioneer for public libraries, DiMattia's library was the first to provide free public Internet access. He opened the first Starbucks in a U.S. public library and a passport office, both of which became sources of revenue for the library. He was active in professional organizations such as the American Library Association and the Connecticut Library Association's Ebook Task Force, as he was committed to offering ebook technology to the public.

He was also a piano player and dedicated to his family.

When DiMattia was interviewed for the InfoLink in April 2004, he was asked, "When all is said and done, what would you like people to say about you?" He replied:

"That I gave back to others more than I received. That I was a resource, an inspiration, a joy to the people I knew. The best thing you can say about a person is that you are better for having known them."

 Simmons GSLIS faculty, staff, and friends know that DiMattia fulfilled that promise.