Reference and Instruction Librarian and Acting Head, Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library (ISEL), UMass Amherst
Maxine Schmidt is a reference and instruction librarian at the Integrated Sciences and Engineering Library (ISEL) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is currently acting head of ISEL. She holds a bachelor's in geology and a master's in geology (micropaleontology) from the University of Massachusetts and received her master's in library and information science from Simmons in 2005. She has been at UMass Amherst since 2006. Before coming to UMass, she served as data management coordinator for the Gulf of Maine Council on the Marine Environment through the Massachusetts Office of Coastal Zone Management. Schmidt then worked for 11 years in environmental and public health at the state and local levels. She has also consulted for oil companies as a paleontologist. A member of ACRL, she is currently co-chair of the Academic Libraries Discussion Group of the Science and Technology Section and the section's delegate to the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA). At the 2009 IFLA annual meeting, Schmidt was appointed information coordinator for the Standing Committee on Science and Technology.