Sarah Barbara Watstein

Board Member

Academic libraries, writing, editing, her Belgian Malinois, Liza with a Z Watstein, hiking, and movies, particularly documentaries, are some of the passions in Watstein’s life.  A native New Englander, Watstein received her BA from Northwestern, MLS from UCLA, and MPA from New York University.  

She has worked in academic libraries for ~35 years, including both public and private institutions on both coasts. She began her career at California State University Long Beach (CSULB) in the late 70s, and continued at New York University, Hunter College, Virginia Commonwealth University, and UCLA prior to relocating to Wilmington in May 2010. Watstein currently serves as UNCW’s University Librarian.

Watstein co-edits Reference Services Review  (RSR) a quarterly, refereed, international journal dedicated to the enrichment of reference knowledge and the advancement of reference and library user services. 

Scholarly and creative activities include publications (administration, AIDS and infectious diseases, artificial intelligence, burnout, information technology, online and instructional services, reference services and sources, women’s studies) and presentations. Watstein has published extensively in two broad areas - - academic librarianship and HIV/AIDS. 

Watstein’s record of service to the library and information science professional at the regional, national and international level is equally robust. She has held and holds a variety of leadership positions within the American Library Association. Professional service has focused on three areas - - publishing, reference and user services, and women’s studies.

Community service has been a major part of her life. During her years in New York City, she was active in both HIV/AIDS care giving and activism (Body Positive and Gay Men’s Health Crisis - - GMHC), and in the anti-violence community (New York Women against Rape - - NYWAR). During her years in Richmond, VA she was active in the Fan Free Clinic and Richmond Organization for Sexual Minority Youth (ROSMY). 

She has been an active supporter of public radio wherever she has lived - - supporting  WNYC (NYC), WCVE (Richmond, VA), KCRW (Southern California). The opportunity to do more than pledge support, and differently step up to the challenge of supporting local programming through leadership, service and a pledge, is a primary reason for this application.