ATG Star of the Week: Gracemary Smulewitz, Head, Distributed Technical Services, Rutgers University Libraries

by | Feb 11, 2013 | 0 comments

Name: Gracemary Smulewitz
Position: Head, Distributed Technical Services
Institution: Rutgers University Libraries
Phone: (848) 932-6120 
Fax:  (732) 932-8141


Born and lived:  Born and lived in New Jersey but spent four years in Knoxville Tennessee.  My husband and I now reside in Highland Park, NJ and have for 29 years.

Early life:  Raised in Fort Lee, NJ with two brothers.

Professional career and activities:  Member of NASIG, ALA, and NJLA.  Have participated in many programs in these organizations and given many presentations.  Currently President-Elect of NJLA/ACRL/CUS.  Also member of ALCTS/Continuing Resource Executive Committee as Secretary.  On a personal level — Member of Board of Trustees of Highland Park Educational Foundation.

Family:  Have three children — Marietta, Henry, and Jon, all married, and among them there are six grandchildren ranging in age from 1 to 13.

Pets:  Two adopted greyhounds — Smarty Jones, age ten, and Ben Webster, age four.

In my spare time I Like to:  Garden, Read, and Cook.

Favorite books:  The Stranger by CamusCandide by Voltaire.

Pet peeves/what makes me mad:  Narrow-minded thinking.

Philosophy:  We need to understand the environment we currently live in as well as where we have come from to understand and have influence over where we are going as a society and industry and profession.

Most memorable career achievement:  Our department is recognized as a well run, productive department.  Our success can be measured, in part, by the success of the staff.  I try to cultivate critical thinking at all levels.  It is not always easy, but it is very rewarding.  As a result of our work, many of our staff have pursued MLS degrees and have mentioned that they are motivated by the work they are doing within the department.  We are contributing talented librarians to the field.

Goal I hope to achieve five years from now:  Five years from now I hope that we can stabilize some aspects of the electronic frontier, particularly fair pricing for content and increased open access with  favorable business models.  I hope to contribute to standards in this frontier that promote discoverability and access.

How/where do I see the industry in five years:  I would like to think that libraries and librarians are acclaimed by the larger institutional bodies, for  their intellectual influence in the education of their community.  That the larger institutions understand and incorporate “return on investment” not only from the financial perspective but, most importantly, from the intellectual perspective.

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