Simmons GSLIS Tribute and MIT Memorial Service for Ann Wolpert

The Simmons GSLIS community was deeply saddened by the death of Ann Wolpert '69LS, a library leader and alumnae of the school. As MIT's director of libraries for almost two decades, Wolpert was a pioneer in digital stewardship and an advocate for open access. "Wolpert helped lead the MIT Libraries' collaboration with Hewlett-Packard to build DSpace, an open-source digital archive for faculty output that has been adopted by more than 1,000 institutions worldwide," according to a MIT news release statement.

As a leader in the library and information science field, Wolpert served as president of the Association of Research Libraries and was a member of its Influencing Public Policies Steering Committee. She served on the boards of directors of the Boston Library Consortium, the National Academies' Board of Research Data and Information (BRDI), DuraSpace, and DPN, and on the steering committee of the Coalition for Networked Information. She also served as a publications advisor to the Massachusetts Medical Society.

On Twitter, Professor Candy Schwartz fondly remembers Wolpert as "one of my first students, then fellow teacher, library leader, and friend." Wolpert was a dedicated Simmons alumnae and was a Simmons GSLIS mentor and advisor for the PhD Program in Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions, guest speaker, dean search committee member, and honorary trustee.

A MIT memorial service has been planned for January 31, 2014 at 3:00 p.m. The location is to be determined. The service will be open to the academic and professional community both locally and nationally. Additional information about Wolpert's contributions and updates about the memorial service location can be found at the MIT website.

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