Dr. Beth D. Fitzsimmons

Beth D. FitzsimmonsDr. Beth Fitzsimmons is the current Chair of the U.S. National Commission on Libraries and Information Science. She was appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate in January, 2004. Beth is President of Information Strategists located in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Since 1975, she has provided information and knowledge services to high tech companies and government agencies such as the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Defense, Office of the President of the United States, National Academy of Public Administration; and CENDI; an Executive Branch interagency working group of scientific and technical information managers. She has served as the Chairman of the Depository Library Council to the U.S. Public Printer and received the Public Printer?s Distinguished Service Award. Beth was a presidential appointee to the Advisory Board of the 2nd White House Conference on Libraries and Information Services and chaired its Technology Committee. She also was elected delegate to the first White House Conference in 1977. She has served as President of the New Hampshire Library Trustees Association and was Chair of the trustees of the Hampstead Public Library in Hampstead, New Hampshire. She is Trustee Emeritus of Pinkerton Academy in Derry, New Hampshire.

Beth is a member of Special Libraries Association and past President of its Boston Chapter, and currently serves on the Education Committee of Patents and Related Matters for the American Chemical Society, as Director of the Ann Arbor YMCA, and as Literacy Chair of the Ann Arbor Rotary Club.

Beth received a B.S. from Simmons College (chemistry), an MLS from SUNY (Albany), and a Ph.D. from the School of Public Policy, George Mason University (science, technology, and information policy). She is married to Joe Fitzsimmons, formerly President and CEO of UMI (now Proquest), and together they have seven adult children and 14 grandchildren.