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Sewell, Winifred (DSc)*

See also Winifred Sewell's Oral History Summary


MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • National Program Committee, Member, 1980
  • Recertification Committee, Member, 1979–1980
  • Public Health and Health Administration Libraries Section, Chair, 1979–1980
  • Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, Editorial Board, Member, 1974–1977
  • Committee on Drug Information, Member, 1959
  • Bibliography Committee, Member, 1953–1955
  • Joint Committee on Standards for Pharmacy School Libraries (American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy), Member, 1954–1959
Other Accomplishments and Activities
  • Responsible for the conversion of subject structure employed by Medical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS)
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, Committee on Basic Resources for Pharmaceutical Education, Co-Chair, 1996–2002
  • American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy Libraries, Educational Resources Section, Chair, 1979–1980
  • American Society for Information Science, Special Interest Group/Classification Research, Chair, 1974–1975
  • Drug Information Journal, Editorial Board, Member, 1971–1984
  • Drug Information Association, President, 1970–1971
  • State Department Exchange Team with USSR on Special Libraries, Member, 1966
  • National Academy of Sciences Committee on Modern Methods of Handling Chemical Information, Member, 1965–1967
  • Special Libraries Association, President, 1960–1961
  • International Federation of Pharmacy, Commission on Pharmaceutical Abstracts, Member, 1958–1960
  • Unlisted Drugs, Editor, 1949–1959, 1962–1964

Honors and Awards

  • Fellow, 1978
  • Ida and George Eliot Prize for Guide to Drug Information, 1977
Other Awards
  • Established the Grace and Harold Sewell Memorial Fund to provide financial support to librarians and information providers attending meetings of the American Public Health Association and the American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1995
  • Honorary President, American Association of Colleges of Pharmacy, 1999–2000
  • Special Libraries Association, Winifred Sewell Prize for Innovation in Information Technologies in Biomedical and Life Sciences Librarianship, established by Biomedical and Life Sciences Division, 1999
  • Special Libraries Association, Hall of Fame, 1998
  • Special Libraries Association, Science-Technology Division, Publications Award, 1966

Publications (5 representative)

Articles published in the Bulletin of the Medical Library Association or Journal of the Medical Library Association are available via PubMed Central.


  • 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
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor of Pharmacy, School of Pharmacy, University of  Maryland, 1970–1985
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Health Sciences Information Sources, College of Library and Information Services, University of Maryland, 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, summer session, 1959
  • Librarian, Wellcome Research Laboratories, 1942–1946
  • Department Librarian, Columbia University, 1938–1942

MLA published statements about the fellow


  • DSc, Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science, Philadelphia, PA, 1979
  • MS, Library Science, School of Library Science, Columbia University, New York, NY, 1940
  • BA, English, Washington State University, Pullman–WA, 1938


(Birth 1917; Death 2002)

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