From Kosa, G.A. (Ed.). 1990. Biographical Dictionary of Australian Librarians, p 61:
Doust, Russell Fletcher BA, M Lib, DALIA. Retired. Born 19 September 1927 Lindfield NSW, son of Harold Stephen and Dorothy Annie (Fletcher) Doust, married Margot Jamieson, 1 daughter, 2 sons. Education: Sydney Boys High School, University of Sydney BA 1948, Registration Exam 1953, M Lib. Positions: Public Library of NSW Sydney 1944-49, Newcastle Teachers College NSW librarian 1950-51, Balmain Teachers College NSW librarian 1952-58, Alexander Mackie teachers College Sydney librarian 1958-60, Public Library of NSW Sydney Circulation deputy to extension librarian 1960-62, senior archivist 1962-70, deputy principal librarian 1970-73, State Library of NSW state librarian 1973-87, retired 1987. Membership: ALIA fellow (general secretary 1963-65, general treasurer 1966-67, NSW Branch secretary 1961).