Brooke E. Sheldon

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Brooke E. Sheldon
Born (1931-08-29)August 29, 1931
Lawrence, Massachusetts
Died February 11, 2013(2013-02-11) (aged 81)
Santa Fe, New Mexico
Cause of death Uterine cancer
Nationality American
Alma mater Acadia University
Simmons College
University of Pittsburgh
Occupation Librarian
Title President of the American Library Association
Term 1983–84
Predecessor Carol A. Nemeyer
Successor E. J. Josey

Brooke E. Sheldon was an American librarian and educator who served as the president of the American Library Association from 1983 to 1984.


Born in Lawrence, Massachusetts, Sheldon also grew up in Nova Scotia. She graduated from Cambridge High and Latin School[1] in Cambridge, Massachusetts before returning to Nova Scotia to attend Acadia University as an undergraduate. She earned her master's degree in library science from Simmons College and a doctorate from the University of Pittsburgh. She worked as a librarian at the Detroit Public Library, the Albuquerque Public Library, the Santa Fe Public Library, and at the New Mexico and Alaska state libraries.[2]

Sheldon also worked at several library schools as a faculty member. She worked first as the dean and acting provost of the library school of Texas Woman's University. She later served as dean of the University of Texas at Austin School of Information and as interim director and professor of the University of Arizona School of Information Resources and Library Science. She also taught at the library schools of San Jose State University and the University of Alberta after her formal retirement.[3]

From 1983 to 1984, Sheldon served as the president of the American Library Association, the oldest and largest library association in the world.[2] Over the course of her career, she published several books on librarianship, such as Personnel Administration in the Small Public Library (1980), Leaders in Libraries: Styles and Strategies for Success (1991), and Interpersonal Skills, Theory and Practice: The Librarian's Guide to Becoming a Leader (2010).

On February 11, 2013, Sheldon died from uterine cancer.[2]


Awards earned by Sheldon include:[2][4]

  • Distinguished Alumni Award, Simmons College
  • Distinguished Alumni Award, University of Pittsburgh
  • Honorary doctorate, Acadia University
  • Library Leadership Award, Arizona Library Association
  • Outstanding Lecturer Award, San Jose State University
  • Professional Service Award, Association of Library and Information Science Educators

At the University of Texas, she was honored with the establishment of an endowed professorship in her name.[4] Additionally, the New Mexico Library Foundation created a professional development grant named for Sheldon.[5]


  1. ^ "In Memory of Brooke Sheldon". Texas Woman's University. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d Woolls, Blanche (19 February 2013). "Obituary: Brooke E. Sheldon". Library Journal. Media Source. 138 (5): 14. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  3. ^ "Library Educator Brooke Sheldon Dies". American Libraries. American Library Association. 12 February 2013. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  4. ^ a b "Dean Brooke Sheldon 1931-2013". University of Texas at Austin School of Information. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  5. ^ "Brooke E Sheldon Grant". New Mexico Library Foundation. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 

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