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Joanne Schneider

University Librarian; Professor in the University Libraries, Emerita


BA University of Virginia 1974; MLIS University of Maryland 1976

Teaching Experience

Colgate University                                                                                                                               University Librarian and Professor in the Libraries, June 2005-present.  Provide vision, foster collaboration, and build productive partnerships with a broad range of constituencies to maximize the centrality of the new Case Library and Geyer Center for Information Technology to the University’s mission.

Saint Michael’s College                                                                                                                         Director, Library and Information Services,  July 2002-May 2005.  Provided participative leadership for services, collections, and personnel.  Used facilitative management to restore staff confidence and engagement following the dissolution of a merger with IT.  Renewed library identity as the intellectual center of campus and fostered new levels of partnership with IT.  Rehabilitated support of student research by facilitating the creation of a formal information literacy program. 

Middlebury College                                                                                                                               Assistant College Librarian for Budgets and Collections, July 1999-June 2002.   Managed all library budgets, advising Dean of Libraries and Information Services and library department heads on priorities and allocations for operations and collections.  Played a lead role on planning committee for new library and technology center. 

Collection Management Librarian, January 1981-June 1999.  Led the library's collection management program overseeing subject liaison librarians and partnering with faculty to build and manage collections in new and existing areas of curricular excellence.  Oversaw digital database licensing and management.  Partnered with instructional technologists on acquiring content for multimedia.

Reference/Catalog Librarian, September 1980-January 1981.  Carried out reference, instruction, departmental liaison, and cataloging work.  

Gordon Avenue Library, Charlottesville, Virginia                                                                                Head Librarian, June 1979-July1980.  Managed all library functions, activities, programs, and staff in the largest of six branch libraries.  Worked with the University of Virginia Graduate School of Nursing to develop collaborative community health programs.  

Library of Tibetan Works and Archives, Dharamsala, and Drepung Loseling Library Society, Mundgod, India                                                                                                                                       Library Consultant and English Teacher, October 1978-May 1979.   Provided training to Tibetan staff in providing reference services.  Created a Himalayan-centric classification system for non-Tibetan language publications.  Taught English to Tibetan Buddhist monks. 

Main Library, Jefferson-Madison Regional System, Charlottesville, Virginia                                     Reference Librarian, October 1977-September 1978.  Carried out reference research for individuals, branch libraries, and bookmobile.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, Washington, D.C.                                                             Research Librarian, September 1976-August 1977.   Implemented, maintained, and trained colleagues in use of new library technology resources such as the OCLC database, mediated database search services BRS, DIALOG, and SDC, and the in-house KWIC/KWOC index to banking materials collected from a wide range of organizations.  Created formal banking legislative histories and conducted research for the Director of the Corporation. 

American Bankers Association, Washington, D.C.                                                                               Special Projects Librarian, May 1976-August 1976.  Developed specialized classification system for ABA documents to enhance bibliographic organization and control.


Leadership, library/IT collaboration, strategic planning, information literacy.


Evolution of Tibetan xylograph book form; future libraries


Miller, William, “Mission Creep or Strategic Evolution?  The Changing Role of Libraries on Academic Campuses.”  2010.  Library Issues:  Briefings for Faculty and Administrators (30:4):  [Invited response, 3-4]. 

“Mold – the Bloom That Threatens Library Collections and Their Users.”  2009.  Eastern New York ACRL Chapter Newsletter (33): 8, 20-22.

"Mold: Recovery from Potential Collection Disaster and Environmental Hazard." 2004. Journal of Inter-library Loan, Document Delivery and Information Supply (14:4) 49-67

College Library Collection Development. 1991.  Monograph co-edited with William E. Hannaford Jr. and Ronald H. Epp.  American Library Association.

"An Ounce of Prevention: Preservation Organization and Practice in College Libraries." (1991)  College Library Collection Development.  American Library Association. 178-192.

 The Great Leveler: The Library Budget.” 1988.  Library Acquisitions: Practice and Theory. (12): 229-234.

 “Electronic Text and the Printed Book.”  1984.  Vermont Library Association News (67): 4-5.

Professional Experience

Association of College and Research Libraries, College Libraries Leadership Committee; ConnectNY Consortium, Executive Committee;  NYLINK Network Council, elected member; Association of Vermont Independent Colleges Library Coalition, Middlebury College representative; Vermont Women in Higher Education, Middlebury College representative; American Library Association, member; EDUCAUSE, member.


Women in Higher Education Delegation, South Africa.  People to People Citizen Ambassador Program.  2010.

ALANA Cultural Center, Colgate University.  Faculty/Staff Service Award.  2010.

Academic Library Advisory Committee, invited member.  Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR), Washington, D.C.  2005-present.

Middlebury College.  “Efficiency, Journal Publishing and Scholarly Research," 26th Annual Economics Conference.  Invited discussant. 2005.

EDUCAUSE.  Institutional member, presenter, and conference proposal evaluator.  2000-present.

Fellow, Frye Leadership Institute in Information Technology.  Council of Library and Information Resources (CLIR), EDUCAUSE, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.  2000-present.

Library Experience

Previous Experience:  Head Librarian, Gordon Avenue Library, Charlottesville, VA; Consultant, Library of Tibetan Works and Archives and Drepung Loseling Library Society, India; Reference Librarian, FDIC; Special Projects Librarian, American Bankers Association.


Library consultant, Namgyal Monastery, Ithaca, NY; library consultant, Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, NJ. 

Board Membership

Dawn Mountain Tibetan Buddhist Community Center & Research Institute, Houston, TX, 2010-present. 

New York Liberal Arts Consortium.  MediaShare Project, 2009-present.

Namgyal Tibetan Buddhist Monastery, Ithaca, NY.   Volunteer consultant on grants and library design/automation, 2008-present.

NYLINK Council, Albany, NY, 2007-2011. 

Council of Library and Information Resources, Washington, D.C.  Academic Library Advisory Committee, 2006-present.

Historical Commission, Village of Hamilton, NY, 2006-2008. 

ConnectNY Library Directors Board, 2005-present; Executive Committee, 2007-present; Board Chair, 2011-2012.

Tibetan Nuns Project, Dharamsala, India.  Library consultant, online integrated system design.  2000-2002.

Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, Middlebury, VT.  Board of Trustees, 1993-2002; Executive Committee, 1997-2002; Board President, 1999-2002.

Office of Tibet, New York, NY.  Vermont state delegate.  1989-1991.

Tibetan Buddhist Learning Center, Washington, NJ.  Library consultant.  1987-1988.           

Otter Creek Child Care Center, Middlebury, VT.   Board of Trustees and founding member.  1983-1987.

Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA.  State Services Committee chair, Charlottesville branch.  1980.

Charlottesville Ad Hoc Community Education Committee.  Mayoral appointee.  1979-1980.