Candy Schwartz is a green-card-carrying resident alien, born in Toronto and raised in Montreal. She has a BA (in linguistics) and an MLS from McGill University, Montreal, and a PhD in information transfer from Syracuse University. She and her husband moved to Boston in 1980, when she joined the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at Simmons, where she teaches in the areas of information organization, metadata, digital libraries, and subject analysis. With Peter Hernon, she was co-principal director for the first of two IMLS (Institute of Museum and Library Services) "Librarians for the 21st Century" grants, which instituted a doctoral concentration in managerial leadership.
Schwartz has held numerous offices in the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T), and served as the association's president from 1998-1999. She is the recipient of two ASIS&T awards, the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award and the Watson Davis Award, given to an ASIS&T member for outstanding and dedicated service to the society. She has published several books, including Sorting Out the Web: Approaches to Subject Access, Revisiting Outcomes Assessment in Higher Education, and Higher Education Outcomes Assessment for the 21st Century (the last two with several colleagues). She is co-editor of the peer-reviewed journal Library & Information Science Research.
Schwartz created the first Simmons GSLIS web site, in the mid-90s, and now she maintains a large personal website, a handful of wikis, a large flickr collection, a catalogue of her Tolkien library in LibraryThing, a lively social media presence in Twitter and Facebook, and several devices stuffed to the gills with apps, music, and extended versions of the Tolkien films. Outside of work, her passions are Middle-earth, roots music (specifically western and northern European), red pandas, and travel.
Schwartz believes that learning should be hard but fun, and that there is no such thing as a stupid question.
Candy Schwartz's Curriculum Vitae
LIS 403: Evaluation for Information Services
LIS 415: Information Organization
LIS 419: Subject Analysis
LIS 462: Digital Libraries
Prof. Schwartz has proposed to do sabbatical research (spring semester 2015) on innovation labs and makerspaces in libraries. She hopes to provide support to SLIS initiatives in these areas.
Schwartz is also very interested in information discovery in very large full-text digital book collections. She says, "I suspect that we will find that traditional information retrieval routines which work well in scholarly article databases will not scale up well. I have been bookmarking and reading literature in this area."