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Nancy E. Gwinn  - 1967

Director, Smithsonian Institution Libraries

Nancy E. Gwinn joined the Smithsonian as assistant director for library collections management in 1984 and became director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries in 1997.

She has held several leadership roles in her field, including chair of the Association of Research Libraries Committee on Preservation of Library Materials and secretary of the Standing Committee on Preservation and Conservation of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutes (IFLA).

Gwinn's book, Preservation Microfilming: A Guide for Librarians and Archivists, won the 1988 Waldo Gifford Leland prize of the Society of American Archivists.

Nancy E. Gwinn graduated from the University of Wyoming with a B.A. in English and went on to receive an M.S. in library science from the University of Michigan and a Ph.D. in American civilization from George Washington University. She also is a former Fulbright Scholar at the University of Oxford in England.

Gwinn currently resides in Washington, D.C.

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Nancy E. Gwinn

Nancy E. Gwinn
Nancy Gwinn has worked for the preservation of library materials her entire time working with libraries. She is currently the director of the Smithsonian Institution Libraries.

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