Shake it Up Baby! The Future of Academic Libraries

Sarah Thomas '70, the first alumna librarian to receive the Smith College Medal, spoke in Neilson Browsing Room.

Sarah Thomas '70

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

4:30 pm  Shake it Up, Baby! The Future of Academic Libraries - a lecture by Sarah Thomas, Neilson Library Browsing Room 

Libraries have seen more change in the past 15 years than at any other time in the past century, and the impact of the internet and e-resources goes well beyond how people read and conduct research. Join us for a lively exploration of future directions for academic libraries.

Sarah Thomas '70, Bodley's Librarian & Director, Oxford University Library Services, is the first woman and the first non-Briton to assume the top library position at Oxford. There she is responsible for the operation of one of the world’s premier research libraries. From 1996 to 2006, she served as Carl A. Kroch University Librarian at Cornell. Her previous experience includes positions at Harvard's Widener Library, Johns Hopkins, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and the Research Libraries Group. A leader in the profession, Thomas has served on the executive board of the Association of Research Libraries for six years and was its president in 2004-05. She has also chaired the Digital Library Federation Steering Committee and been a member of the board of the Research Libraries Group.

Thomas has received many accolades for her work including the Melvil Dewey Medal, presented in 2007 by the American Library Association for her "extraordinary leadership in the advancement of research libraries in general, and cataloging and bibliographic practices and standards in particular, both nationally and internationally."

A long time member of the Friends of the Smith College Libraries’ Executive Committee, she served as chair from 2001 to 2006. Thomas received the Smith College Medal on Rally Day this year.

Contact

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