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pharmaceutical librarian

Winifred Sewell, American pharmaceutical librarian.


Sewell, Winifred was born on August 12, 1917 in Newport, Washington, District of Columbia, United States. Daughter of Harold Arthur and Grace (Vickerman) Sewell.


Bachelor, State College Washington, Pullman, 1938. Bachelor of Science in Liberal Studies, Columbia University, 1940. Doctor of Science (honorary), Philadelphia College Pharmacy and Science, 1979.


Assistant, Columbia University Library, New York City, 1938-1942;assistant librarian, Wellcome Research laboratories, Tuckahoe, New York, 1942-1943;librarian, Wellcome Research laboratories, 1943-1946;librarian, Squibb Institute Medical Research, 1946-1961;subject heading specialist, National Library of Medicine, 1961-1962;deputy chief bibliographical services division, National Library of Medicine, 1962-1965;head drug literature program, National Library of Medicine, 1965-1970. Adjunct assistant professor of University Maryland. School Pharmacy, 1970-1985.

Adjunct lecturer U. Maryland. College Library. and Information Superior vena cava syndrome, 1969-1992. Consultant National Health Planning Information Center, 1975-1981.

Instructor pharmaceutical literature and librarianship Columbia University, summer 1959. Member com on modern methods for handling chemical information National Academy Sciences-National Research Council. Member Martindale Databank Advisory Panel, 1981-1982.


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  • Other Work

    • Editor: Unlisted Drugs, 1949-1959, 62-64. Author: Guide to Drug Information, 1976 (Ida and George Eliot award Medical Library Association 1977), (with Merle Harrison) Using MeSH for Effective Searching: a Programmed Guide, 1976, (with Sandra D. Teitelbaum) Micromanual for Casual Users of National Library of Medicine Databases, 1986, Reader in Medical Librarianship, 1973. Editor: Health Affairs Series, Gale Information Guides, 1971-1980.

      Member editorial board: Drug Information Journal.


Active Excerpta Medica advisory committee, 1985-1988. Fellow American Association for the Advancement of Science. Member American Library Association, American Society for Information Science (chairman special interest group/classification research 1974-1975), Medical Library.

Association (chairman Rittenhouse award committee 1975-1976, chairman recertification committee 1979-1980, chairman public health and health administration section 1979-1980, chairman medical libraries education section 1981-1982), Special Libraries Association (chairman pharmaceutical section, science-technical division 1952-1953, president 1960-1961, publications award science and technical division 1966, Hall of Fame award 1998, Winifred Sewell prize established in her name, 1998), Drug Information Association (vice president 1966-1967, president 1970-1971), American Association Colleges Pharmacy (chairman libraries/educational resources section 1979-1980, delegate council on sections advisory board 1980-1983, chairman publication Basic Resources for Pharmaceutical Education since 1996, honorary president since 1999).


Harold Arthur Sewell

Grace (Vickerman) Sewell