ICPSR Saddened by Passing of Former Council Chair Ann Wolpert


Ann Wolpert

The Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research is saddened to learn of the passing of Ann J. Wolpert, after a brief illness. She had been director of libraries at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology since 1996 and a leader in the area of digital stewardship. 

Wolpert, 70, was a member of the ICPSR Council from 2008-2012 and its Chair from 2010-2012.

"Ann was a great friend and guide for ICPSR," said ICPSR Director George Alter. "As Chair of the ICPSR Council, she was a wonderful mentor to me personally and a model of leadership in academic organizations."  

As director of libraries, she was responsible for the MIT Libraries' five major collections and a number of smaller branch libraries, as well as the MIT Press, according to her biography at MIT. She was active in the professional library community, serving as president of the Association of Research Libraries, as a board member of the Boston Library Consortium, and as a member of the National Institute for Health's Public Access Working group. She also was a frequent writer and speaker, contributing papers on topics including open access and the future of research libraries, library service to remote users, and intellectual property management in a digital environment.

Prior to joining MIT, Wolpert was executive director of library and information services at the Harvard Business School.

Wolpert held a BA from Boston University and an MLS from Simmons College.

Further information can be found on MIT's website.


Oct 3, 2013

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