Ms. Sarah Pritchard

Northwestern University

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Northwestern University

Sarah Pritchard

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Sarah M. Pritchard served as the Dean of Libraries and the Charles Deering McCormick University Librarian at Northwestern University from 2006 to 2022.  She oversaw the Main Library, Deering Library, Seeley G. Mudd Library, the Oak Grove Library Center (Waukegan), and the Northwestern University Press.  Previously she was University Librarian at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Director of Libraries at Smith College; associate executive director at the Association of Research Libraries; and a specialist in reference and collection development at the Library of Congress.  She is widely published in the professional literature, and active on boards and committees of numerous external associations and consortia.  She led many consortial initiatives through the Big Ten Academic Alliance, the Chicago Collections Consortium, the Association of Research Libraries, and others.  She has lectured and consulted internationally on library management, assessment, women's studies, digital systems, collection development and other professional issues.  Pritchard received her B.A. degree in French & Italian from the University of Maryland, and master’s degrees in French and in Library Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.