Vita, Susan H.
- Mark McKnight
(b Pasadena, CA). American librarian. She received the BA (1964) in English literature at Holy Names University, Oakland, California with additional study at San Francisco State University and University of Florence. Following a tour of duty in Nigeria as a Peace Corps volunteer (1965–7), she received her MSLS (1969) from the University of Southern California. From 1969 to 1976 she was employed at the U.S. Department of the Interior Library in a variety of capacities. Since 1976 she has worked at the Library of Congress, serving as chief of a number of divisions, including Cataloging-in-Publication, MARC Editorial, Social Sciences Cataloging, and Special Materials Cataloging, as well as served as coordinator of the Whole Book Cataloging Project. In 2005 she was appointed chief of the Music Division, where she has led a staff of 75 in a number of initiatives to increase access both online and on-site, including digitization of a wide array of special collections, retrospective conversion of the card catalog, preservation and security, and community outreach through such innovative projects as the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song as a way of establishing ties with creators of popular music....