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IFLA and SLA Trailblazer Donna Scheeder Dies at 74

IFLA president Barbara Lison wrote an obituary for Donna Scheeder, who died of cancer on March 7, 2022, at age 74. Scheeder had been an IFLA president and treasurer and was an IFLA Honorary Fellow, and she served on IFLA’s Governing Board. Lison writes:

Her presidential theme, Libraries: A Call for Action, encompassed her life and being. … Throughout her presidency, Donna was a key part of lengthy negotiations resulting in the [eventual] awarding of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Legacy Grant to IFLA in 2016. … As President, Donna Scheeder represented the Federation at events in many countries, travelling widely with her agenda to change mindsets and galvanise librarians into action. She spoke on behalf of our profession at a session of the United Nations in 2015 highlighting the role of libraries in helping achieve the proposed UN Agenda 2030 Sustainable Development Goals and outlining the importance of increased access to information as a cross-cutting issue within the framework. She was a sharp thinker and had boundless energy to share and motivate colleagues.

Hillrag also ran an obituary for Scheeder, with Elizabeth O’Gorek calling her a “[c]ommunity advocate and noted librarian.” Scheeder began her career at the Congressional Research Service, where she held various positions, including deputy CIO, until her retirement in 2015, O’Gorek notes. She was an active member of SLA, serving as president from 2000 to 2001.

Scheeder was dedicated to her Capitol Hill neighborhood. O’Gorek writes, “She was an advocate for the community throughout the development of the Hine School Project and the renovation of Eastern Market Plaza. She was also on the Board of Directors for the Hill Center, and was elected President of the Board in June 2020.”

For more information, read IFLA’s obituary and Hillrag’s obituary.



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