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Memorial: Anne Woodsworth, 1941–2021

photo of Anne Woodsworth
Anne Woodsworth, image courtesy of
Yrsa Woodsworth

Anne Woodsworth, former ARL president and member representative from the University of Pittsburgh and York University, died on May 11, 2021, at age 80.

Woodsworth began her professional career in libraries at the University of Manitoba Library in 1964 and held positions of increasing responsibility at the Winnipeg Public Library in 1965–1967, the University of Toronto Library in 1967–1974, and the Toronto Public Library in 1975–1978.

She was appointed director of libraries at York University in 1978 and served there until 1983, when she became associate provost and director of libraries at the University of Pittsburgh. She also served as a professor in the University of Pittsburgh School of Library and Information Science starting in 1986. In 1991, she moved on to become dean and professor at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University (LIU), a position she held through 1998. Woodsworth was director of the Senior Fellows Institute when it was held at LIU in 1995 and 1997. From 1998 to 2000, she was interim dean of the Dowling College School of Education and special assistant to the vice-president for academic affairs. In 2000, she was appointed dean of the Pratt Institute School of Information and Library Science, and in 2002 she became acting provost at Pratt through 2003.

In 2003, Woodsworth transitioned to learning systems manager and project director of Learning in Libraries for the Brooklyn Public Library, where she stayed through 2007. Next she served as editor of the annual book series Advances in Librarianship for Emerald Publishing in 2009–2015. She capped her career at the New York State Library in 2014–2017  as project coordinator for Ready to Read at New York Libraries. She moved back to Canada in 2018.

Woodsworth served on the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Board of Directors in 1981–1986, including as vice president/president-elect in 1984–1985 and president in 1985–1986. She was secretary of the Canadian Association of Research Libraries (CARL) in 1979–1980 and CARL president in 1981–1983. She served on the boards of many other library associations during her career. Woodsworth was also a UCLA Library Senior Fellow in the 1985 cohort.

She earned a PhD in higher education administration from the University of Pittsburgh, a master’s and bachelor’s degree in library science from the University of Toronto, and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from the University of Manitoba.

Woodsworth is survived by a daughter, Yrsa, and three grandchildren, Riley, Farren, and Benny, whom she adored and semi-retired to spend time with. The family memorialized Woodsworth in a small, private ceremony in July. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.