Library Founding Director Honored with Distinguished Service Award

On October 19th, founding director of the Bioethics Research Library, Doris M. Goldstein was honored with the Distinguished Service Award during the 14th annual meeting of the American Society for Bioethics and Humanities (ASBH).

Though Doris recently retired from the Institute on August 31, 2012, this recognition reflects nearly 40 years of dedicated service to the university and profession, helping in the formation of the world’s most comprehensive collection of bioethics materials.

After finishing a master’s in library science, Doris was recruited by LeRoy Walters and AndrĂ© Hellegers to set up the KIE’s Library just two years after the word “bioethics” was first coined by Hellegers.

In its nearly four decades under her care, the Library has had many roles and developed unique special collections: from DNA patents to the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature to helping establish a German bioethics library at the University of Bonn.

Doris’s most recent projects included developing multi-lingual Islamic Bioethics resources in partnership with the SFS-Q Library in Doha, and using bioethics to explore educational and library initiatives in India via the Provost’s “Engaging India” program.

Throughout her tenure with the Kennedy Institute, she held fast to the vision of creating a collection that would prove critical to the field of bioethics and be a credit to Georgetown University for years to come.

At the ceremony, President of ASBH, Joseph Fins, introduced and presented the award to Doris. Fins joked, recognizing the tremendous importance of Doris’s contribution, “Who among us hasn’t used the Bioethics Research Library?” In asking her to the podium he expressed deep gratitude on behalf of ASBH for her many years of dedicated and distinguished service to the field. Talking after the ceremony, Fins remarked that Doris “has become the bioethics librarian to the world.”

When taking to the podium herself, Doris spoke fondly of how much she had enjoyed her work throughout the years and how much it meant to her to have her colleagues from the KIE in attendance with her to share the recognition with. Humble as ever, Doris closed, “Our library is only as good as its users, and it is lovely to see all of you here today to honor the legacy of the Bioethics Research Library.”