17 April 2008
Sarah Thomas, Bodley’s Librarian and Director of Oxford University Library Services, has been awarded today the GSLIS Alumni Achievement Award by her alma mater, Simmons College, Boston, USA. This award is presented to an outstanding alumna/us who has demonstrated notable professional achievements and contributions to the library/information profession while showing firm commitment to the community.
The award ceremony is the highlight of the annual Alumni special one-day event. Dr Thomas will give the keynote address and will speak about her career as a librarian and the future for the Bodleian Library.
Before joining the Bodleian Library in February 2007, Dr Thomas served as the university librarian at Cornell University from 1996 until 2007. In a career spanning 35 years, Dr Thomas worked in major American research libraries including Harvard's Widener Library, Johns Hopkins, the National Agricultural Library, the Library of Congress, and the Research Libraries Group.
Dr Thomas earned a Ph.D. in German literature from The Johns Hopkins University in 1983, writing her dissertation on the topic of author-publisher relations. She received her bachelor’s degree from Smith College in 1970 and a Master of Science in library science from Simmons College in 1973.