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Remembering and Honoring Donna Scheeder

  • 1.  Remembering and Honoring Donna Scheeder

    Posted 03-08-2022 11:15
    • I am  saddened to share the news of Donna Scheeder's passing, which I just learned of through the LMD Community.  I was privileged to know and work closely with Donna through DC SLA. An inspiring leader who kept contributing to our profession even after she retired from Library of Congress. I hope SLA will establish something in memory of Donna to carry on her work.
      Below I'm sharing the initial postings about Donna on the LMD Discussion. I am sure there will be many more to follow throughout our SLA Community.

      With a very heavy heart and slightly blurry mind I'm letting you know that Donna Scheeder died peacefully yesterday, March 7, 2022 in her home with her partner Peter Waldron by her side.

      Through her many incredible accomplishments and energy, Donna befriended countless people and was a cherished friend to so many. She and Jane Dysart were a dynamic duo. Joining SLA in 1977 Donna served the association in many capacities and was President in 2001.  Donna never stopped. Recently, as she was battling cancer, she initiated a call for SLA to
       discuss governance in SLA and the possible role of developing a manifesto that states the agreed upon principles for a governance framework aligned with our values.

      She was also President of IFLA (2015 - 2017), and in 2019 was made an Honorary Member of the IFLA for her achievements, dedication and service to IFLA, particularly in the areas of organizational transformation of IFLA and in the defense of libraries within the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.[11]

      Awards? Oh yes, she rightly received many awards including the John Cotton Dana Award, SLA Hall of Fame and from IFLA both the Federal Librarians Achievement Award and the Community Achievement Award. In 2019 she was inducted into the Association of School Libraries Hall of Fame for her work in the field of library science and for her experience and leadership.

      Donna worked at the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress for many years, retiring as Deputy Chief Information Officer. During her tenure, she was also Director of Law Library Services and, before that, Deputy Assistant Director of Information Services.

      Donna was also very actively involved in her Capital Hill community. She was President of the Old Naval Hospital Foundation, which operates Hill Center,  served as an Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner and since 2004 was Chair of the Eastern Market Community Advisory Committee.

      When I receive more information from Peter about arrangements and donations, I'll post it here. Or, if someone else receives that information - please post. We've lost a wondrous colleague and contributor.  May Donna rest in peace and rise in glory. 

      Rebecca Jones
      Dysart & Jones Associates

    • 2.  RE: Donna Scheeder

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      Posted 50 minutes ago

      Rebecca, SLA and the profession have lost an amazing, energetic, knowledgeable person in Donna. She followed me as President of SLA, so I got to work with her in that arena as well as others. I was impressed by, and participated in, her latest effort to redefine and reorganize SLA for the new world. She will be missed in so many places and efforts!

      Susan DiMattia, SLA President 1999-2000, Hall of Fame, Fellow



    Eileen Rourke
    SLA-NY Membership