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Crawford, Susan (PhD)

See also Susan Crawford's Oral History Summary


MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, Editor-in-Chief, 1982–1988, 1991–1992.
  • Bulletin of the Medical Library Association Consulting Editors Panel, chair, 1982–1988.
  • Committee on Structure and Function of MLA, 1980-1981.
  • Medical Society Libraries Group, chair, 1977–1978.
  • Executive Director of MLA Search Committee, 1978.
  • Committee on Surveys and Statistics, chair, 1966–1975; principal Investigator and consultant, 1975–1980

Honors and Awards

  • 100 most notable in MLA, 1998
  • Fellow, 1993
  • President's Award, 1992
  • Marcia C. Noyes Award, 1992
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member, 1990
  • Special Award to Editor of the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, 1988
  • Janet Doe Lecturer, 1983
  • Eliot Award, 1976
  • Distinguished Graduate Medal, University of Toronto, 1989.
  • American Society for Information Science. Outstanding Specialty Group Award, to Chair, Medical Information Systems, 1988 and 1989
    Board of Overseers, Tufts University, Boston, Massachusetts, 1988–1989.
  • Distinguished Alumnus Award, University of Toronto, 1987
  • Special Award to Editor, Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, McGovern Foundation, Houston, TX, 1986
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1982
    American Society for Information Science, Certificate of Appreciation to founder and editor of JASIS Perspectives, 1981
  • International Steering Committee, Universal Guide for Contributors of Scientific Publications (The Vancouver Group); Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, Vancouver (1978) and Montreal (1979)
  • Sigma Xi, 1978
  • Certificate of Appreciation, U.S. Public Health Service, 1975
  • Board of Regents, National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health 1971–1975
  • University of Chicago, doctoral research award, 1967–1969
  • Pi Lambda Theta (Education)
  • Who's Who in America
  • American Men and Women of Science
  • Who's Who Among American Women
  • Who's Who in Medicine and Healthcare

Publications (5 representative)

  • Crawford S, Hurd J, Weller A. From print to electronic: the transformation of scientific communication. Washington, DC: American Society for Information Science,1996.
  • Crawford S. The origin and development of a concept: the information society. Bull Med Libr Assoc 1983 Oct; 71:380-5 (Janet Doe Lecture).
  • Crawford S., ed. Cognition: human information processing. J Amer Soc Info Sci 1981 Sep; 32:344-99. (JASIS Perspectives Series)
  • Crawford S. Information needs and uses. Ann Rev Inform Sci Tech 1978;13: 61-81.
  • Crawford S. Informal communication among scientists in sleep research. J Amer Soc Info Sci 1971 Sep-Oct; 22: 301-10 (Reprinted in: Key Papers in Information Science. Griffith BC, ed. Washington: American Society for Information Science, 1980).


  • Adjunct Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, School of Medicine, Chicago, IL, 1994 to present
  • Professor and Director, Library and Biomedical Communications Center, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO, 1981-92
  • Associate Professor, School of Library Service, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1972-75
  • Director, Division of Library and Archival Services, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL, 1974-81
  • Research Associate, Office of the Executive Vice President; Director, Archive-Library Department, American Medical Association, Chicago, IL, 1960-74

MLA published statements about the fellow

  • Presentation of awards. Proceedings of the 93rd Annual Meeting. Bull Med Libr Assoc 1994 Jan; 82(1):122.
  • Presentation of awards. Proceedings of the 92nd Annual Meeting. Bull Med Libr Assoc 1993 Jan; 81(1):114.


  • BA (Liberal Arts), University of British Columbia
  • MA (Library Science), University of Toronto
  • MA (Biological and Social Science) University of Chicago
  • PhD (Information Science and Technology, University of Chicago


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