Shelley Arvin (MLS'01) received the Winifred Sewell Prize at the Special Libraries Association (SLA) Annual Conference held in Chicago, Illinois from July 15-18, 2012. The Winifred Sewell Prize recognizes “innovative use of technology in promoting biological and medical information,” and the winner is selected by the BioMedical and Life Sciences Division (DBIO) of SLA.
This year, judges looked at LibGuides (Web pages, subject guides, and pathfinders) created by members of DBIO. Arvin, Reference/Instruction Librarian and the liaison to the Departments of Biology and Chemistry & Physics at Indiana State University, was selected from a group of five semi-finalists. According to the Summer 2012 edition of Biofeedback, DBIO’s newsletter, judges praised Arvin’s biology information LibGuide for its combination of “scientifically solid content with biologically-themed online games.” They agreed her guide would appeal to beginning biologists at the college level.
About Winifred Sewell: "The Prize is named in honor of Winifred Sewell, who has been a member of the Biomedical and Life Sciences Division since 1946. Miss Sewell was Senior Librarian at Squibb Institute of Medical Research from 1946 until 1961. She was instrumental in the development of MEDLARS as Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) Specialist and later served as Deputy Chair of the Biological Services Division and Head of the Drug Literature Program at the National Library of Medicine. Miss Sewell served as President of the Special Libraries Association from 1960-1961, was President of the Drug Information Association from 1970-1971, and served as Honorary President of the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy in its 100th anniversary year in 1999-2000. She is the first woman and first librarian to be so honored. In addition, Miss Sewell is a Fellow of the Medical Library Association and received MLA's Eliot Prize for her book Guide to Drug Information (1977). In 1998 she was inducted into SLA's Hall of Fame at the annual conference in Indianapolis. Winifred Sewell died in October 2002 at the age of 85."
Posted September 21, 2012