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Longtime Library Director Steps Down

The KIE’s longtime director of the Bioethics Research Library, Doris M. Goldstein, has stepped down effective September 1, 2011, with her transition to a newly created position at the Institute as Senior Library Advisor for International Initiatives. The Institute honored her many contributions and years of service to the BRL at a party in the Library’s historic space on September 26, 2011. The event was attended by KIE faculty, current and former staff, as well as other campus librarians and VIPs. Doris will continue her work on the Islamic Medical and Scientific Ethics grant, will explore expanded opportunities in India with the Engaging India grant, liaise with the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE) on a new project, and continue talks with institutions in Korea through August 31, 2012, when she will bid the Institute a fond farewell and retire from Georgetown after 40+ years of service.

After finishing her M.L.S. at the University of Maryland, Doris was recruited to serve as the founding director of the KIE’s new bioethics library by André Hellegers, M.D., the first director of the Kennedy Institute for the Study of Human Reproduction and Bioethics (now KIE), and LeRoy Walters, Ph.D., first director of the Institute’s early Center for Bioethics. Dr. Hellegers and Dr. Walters recognized Doris’s great potential, hiring her prior to her graduation. She certainly proved their judgment to be correct as she expanded and promoted the bioethics library, seeking and securing grants and contracts from the federal government and other organizations as years went by. It is to her credit that the Bioethics Research Library is known as among the world’s most comprehensive collections of bioethics books, articles, and public documents, and was designated the National Reference Center for Bioethics Literature by the National Library of Medicine for many years.

This celebration was the latest in a long line of honors for Doris, who was the recipient of the Georgetown University President’s Medal in 2005 and is a member of several honor societies including Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Phi Mu (library science), among others. Joining this event was her husband Steve Goldstein and their daughter, Susan Goldstein.

Her new part-time position as Senior Library Advisor will offer her more opportunities to indulge her passion for travel (begun many years ago as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ethiopia, having been inspired by the call to action of Sarge Shriver and John F. Kennedy) as she explores opportunities for the BRL and the KIE. Bon voyage to our past BRL director and Bienvenu to our new international ambassador!