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Dr. Winifred Sewell (b. 1917 - d. 2002) established the
Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund in 2001. 

Dr. Winifred Sewell
Curriculum Vitae


B.A., Washington State University, BA English,1938

M.S., Columbia University School of Library Science, 1940

D.Sc., Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, 1979



Consultant, 1970-2002: Textwise,

United States Pharmacopeia,

Welch Medical Library project on Online Mendelian Inheritance of Man

Southeastern/Atlantic Regional Medical Library Services project on Bibliometric Study of Molecular Biology,

National Association of Hospital Development,

Federal Library Committee,

National Health Planning Information Center,

Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospitals,

Biospherics, and many industrial, academic, and government groups, 1970-present

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, University of Maryland School of Pharmacy, 1970-1985

Adjunct Lecturer, Health Sciences Information Sources, University of Maryland College of Library and Information Services, 1969-1992

Editor, Gale Information Guides, Health Affairs, 1972-1980

Head, Drug Literature Program, National Library of Medicine, 1965-1970

Deputy Chief and Subject Heading Specialist, Bibliographic Services Division, National Library of Medicine, 1961- 1965

Senior Librarian, Squibb Institute for Medical Research, 1946-1961

Instructor, Columbia University School of Library Science, 1959 summer session

Librarian, Wellcome Research Laboratories, 1942-1946

Department Librarian, Columbia University, 1938-1942


Major Professional Activities

Co-Chair, Committee on Basic Resources for Pharmaceutical Education, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 1996-2002

President, Drug Information Association, 1970-1971

President, Special Libraries Association, 1960-1961

Editor, Unlisted Drugs, 1949-1959, 1962-1964

Member of Editorial Boards, Drug Information Journal, 1971- 1984, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 1974-1977

Chairman, Libraries/Educational Resources Section, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 1979-1980

Chairman, Public Health and Health Administration Libraries Section, 1979-1980; Medical Library Education Section, 1980-1981, Recertification Committee, 1979-1980, all within Medical Library Association

Chairman, Special Interest Group/Classification Research, American Society for Information Science, 1974-1975



Honorary President, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 1999-2000

Winifred Sewell Prize for Innovation in Information Technologies in Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarianship established by Special Libraries Association, Biomedical and Life Sciences Division, 1999

Pioneer of Information Science, 1998 Conference on the History and Heritage of Science Information Systems, Pittsburgh, PA, Oct. 23-25

Hall of Fame, Special Libraries Association, 1998

Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995-present

Fellow of Medical Library Association, 1978-present

Ida and George Eliot Prize, Medical Library Association, for Guide to Drug Information, 1977

Publications Award, Science-Technology Division, Special Libraries Association, 1966

Member, State Department Exchange Team with USSR on Special Libraries, February-March 1966

Member, National Academy of Sciences Committee on Modern Methods of Handling Chemical Information, 1965-1967

Member, International Federation of Pharmacy, Commission on Pharmaceutical Abstracts, 1958-1960


Recent and Major Publications

Larsson, Laura, Sewell, Winifred, and Pomerantz, Karyn. Reasons why you should become  involved with your user group associations. PH/HA News 2000 Winter/Spring;

Schoch, Natalie A. and Sewell, Winifred. The many faces of natural language searching. JAMIA Symp Suppl SCAMC Proc 1995:914.

Sewell, Winifred. Overview of end user searching in the health sciences: an opinion paper. Med Ref Serv Q 1986;5 (Suppl 2):3-14. The separately published mono­graphic supplement is entitled End User Searching in the Health Sciences, and is edited by M. Sandra Wood, Ellen  Brassil Horak, and Bonnie Snow.

Sewell, Winifred; Teitelbaum, Sandra. Observation of end- user on­line searching behavior over eleven years. J Am Soc Inf Sci 1986 Jul;37(4):234-45.

Sewell, Winifred; Teitelbaum, Sandra. Micromanual for Casual Users of National Library of Medicine Databases. 1st ed. Bethes­da, MD:  Drug Intelligence Publications, 1984 Sep. Updated 1986.

Sewell, Winifred. Guide to Drug Information. Hamilton, IL: Drug Intelligence Publications, 1976.

Sewell, Winifred; Harrison, Merle. Using MeSH for Effective Searching: A Programmed Guide. Bethesda, MD: National Library of Medicine, 1976.

Sewell, Winifred. Reader in Medical Librarianship. Washington, DC: NCR Microcard Editions, 1973.

Drug Literature. Report prepared for the study of "Interagency Coordination in Drug Research and Regulation" of the Senate Committee on Government Operations. Washington, DC: 1963 Aug.

Medical Subject Headings, 2nd ed., Part 2 of Vol. 4, No. 1, Index Medicus, 1963 Jan.


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