April 21st, 2014
Candy Schwartz was born in Toronto and raised in Montreal. She has a BA (in linguistics) and an MLS from McGill University, Montreal, and a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse University. She joined the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons in 1980 to teach in the areas of information organization, metadata, digital libraries, and subject analysis. With Peter Hernon, she was co-principal director for the first of two IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) “Librarians for the 21st Century” grants, which instituted a doctoral concentration in managerial leadership.
Schwartz has held numerous offices in the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and served as the association’s president from 1998-1999. She is the recipient of two ASIS&T awards, the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award and the Watson Davis Award, given to an ASIS&T member for outstanding and dedicated service to the society. She has published several books, including Sorting Out the Web: Approaches to Subject Access, Revisiting Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education, and Higher Education Outcomes Assessment for the 21st Century (the last two with several colleagues). She is co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Library & Information Science Research.
Schwartz created the first Simmons GSLIS web site, in the mid-90s, and now she maintains a large personal website, a handful of wikis, a large flickr collection, a catalogue of her Tolkien library in LibraryThing, a lively social media presence in Twitter and Facebook, and several devices stuffed to the gills with apps, music, and extended versions of the Tolkien films.
After retiring at the end of 2017, Schwartz will enjoy her passions, including Middle-earth, roots music (specifically western and northern European), red pandas, and travel.