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Wood, M. Sandra

MLA Elected Offices and Committee Chair Appointments

  • Oral History Committee, member, 2004–2007
  • 2002 National Program Committee, member, 2000–2002
  • Advisory Committee, Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship (Handbook of Medical Library Practice), member, 1990–2000
  • MLA Nominating Committee, member, 1996–1997 and 1987–1988
  • 1996 National Program Committee, member, 1995–1996
  • Treasurer, 1993–1995
  • Board of Directors, member, 1991–1995
  • Section Council, member, 1988–1991; l99l National Program Committee, Section Council liaison, l988–l99l
  • Credentialing Committee, member, 1988–1991; chair–designate/chair, 1990–1991
  • Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, Consulting Editors Panel, member, 1985–1987
  • Bulletin of the Medical Library Association, Editorial Committee, member, 1984–1987; chair, 1986–1987
  • Committee on Interlibrary Loan and Resource Sharing Standards and Practices, member, 1980–1983; chair, 1982–1983
  • Public Services Section: founding member (Reference Section); Section Council representative, 1988–1991; Nominating Committee, member, 1991–1992, chair, 1992–1993, 1994–1995; section chair-elect/chair, 1984–1986;
  • Leadership and Management Section, treasurer, 2001–2003
  • Philadelphia Regional Group, Communications Committee, chair, 1996–1998; Chronicle (chapter newsletter), editor, 1996–1998; MLA Nominating Committee, nominee 1986; Program Committee, Pennsylvania Health Science Libraries Statewide Meeting, Philadelphia, cochair, 1986; Pennsylvania Governor's Conference on Libraries and Information Services, representative, October 31–November 1, 1977


Honors and Awards

  • Philadelphia Chapter, Chapter Achievement Award, 2006; Certificate of Appreciation, 1999; Chapter Recognition Award, 1990
  • Fellow, 1998
  • Ida and George Eliot Prize, 1986 [Wood, MS, ed. Cost analysis, cost recovery, marketing, and fee-based services; a guide for the health sciences librarian. New York, NY: Haworth Press; l985.]
  • Academy of Health Information Professionals, Distinguished Member
  • Certification, 1978
Other Awards
  • Beta Gamma Sigma, National Honorary Society for Business Students, 1983
  • Beta Phi Mu, International Library Science Honor Society, 1970
Other Accomplishments and Activities
  • Known as an editor, innovator, and mentor who encourages her colleagues to write and publish
  • Medical Reference Services Quarterly, v.1–, founding and current editor, 1982–present [a publication focusing on reporting practical achievements in health sciences librarianship]
  • Journal of Consumer Health on the Internet (formerly Health Care on the Internet), v. 1–, founding editor, 1997–, (editor/co-editor, 1997–2011)
  • Journal of Electronic Resources in Medical Libraries, v. 1–, 2004–, founding editor (editor/co-editor, 2004–2011)
  • Reference Section (later Public Services Section), co-founder
  • Pennsylvania State University, The M. S. Hershey Medical Center: Center for Humanistic Medicine, Library Committee, chair, 1991–1999; Wild Onions, distribution editor, 1991–1992; Library Automation Committee, chair, 1986–1987
  • Special Libraries Association, Central Pennsylvania Chapter, Nominating Committee, member, 1982–1983; president-elect/president, 1979–1981; founding member, 1979; Biological Sciences Division, Nominating Committee, chair, 1988–1989; Publications Committee, member, 1986–1987; chair–elect/chair 1983–1985; director, 1981–1983
  • Central Pennsylvania Health Sciences Library Association, Program Committee for 1990 Health Sciences Libraries Statewide Meeting, chair, 1988–1990; Nominating Committee, member, 1980–1981; Bylaws Committee, chair,1979–1980; Hotel Coordination Committee, Hershey Meeting of Health Science Librarians, chair, 1979; Nominating Committee, chair 1977–1978; Special Projects Committee, member, 1976–1977; association chair, 1974–1976


Publications (5 representative)

  • Wood MS, ed. Introduction to health sciences librarianship. NY: Haworth Press; 2008.
  • Wood M. Sandra, ed. Reference and information services in health sciences libraries. Metuchen, NJ: Medical Library Association and Scarecrow Press; 1994. (Current Practice in Health Sciences Librarianship, v.1.)
  • Wood MS, Horak, EB, Snow B, eds. End user searching in the health sciences. New York, NY: Haworth Press; 1986.
  • Stefanacci MA, Wood MS, Huff LD. Departmental libraries: why do they exist? Bull Med Lib Assoc. 1977 Oct;65(4):433–7 [Cited 5 Oct 2013].
  • Wood MS, Seeds RS. Development of SDI services from a manual current awareness service to SDILINE. Bull Med Lib Assoc. 1974 Oct;62(4):374–84 [Cited 5 Oct 2013].


Professional Positions

  • Development Editor, Neal-Schuman Publishers, New York, NY, 2008–2012
  • Librarian Emerita, Pennsylvania State University–University Park, 2006–
  • Librarian, George T. Harrell Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, 1987–2005
  • Associate Librarian, George T. Harrell Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, 1980–1987
  • Senior Assistant Librarian, George T. Harrell Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, 1975–1980
  • Assistant Librarian, George T. Harrell Library, Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, College of Medicine, Pennsylvania State University, 1970–1975
  • Graduate Assistant Graduate Library School, Indiana University–Bloomington, 1969–1970


MLA published statements about the fellow

  • M. Sandra Wood inducted as MLA Fellow [press release]. Medical Library Association; Jun 1998.
  • Many reviews of books written or edited by M. Sandra Wood



  • MBA, 1983, College of Business and Management, University of Maryland–College Park
  • MLS, 1970, Graduate Library School, Indiana University–Bloomington
  • BA, 1969, Cum Laude, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA [Major: anthropology; Minor: psychology]
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