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Harvard University Library Notes / May 2007 / No. 1337
Simmons Awards Honorary Degree to Verba
Sidney Verba, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and Director of the University Library, will receive an honorary degree from Simmons College at its commencement ceremony on May 19.
In addition to his library work—he is the longest serving director of the University Library in Harvard's history—Verba is a distinguished political scientist who has authored and co-authored a number of books and articles on American and comparative politics. In 1993, he won the James Madison Prize of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for a career contribution to the discipline; and, in 2002, he was awarded the Johan Skytte Prize, an international prize for distinguished contribution to political science. In 1994, he was elected president of the APSA. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Verba will retire from his Harvard position on June 30.
Simmons College, founded in 1899, includes the Graduate School of Library and Information Science, one of the first schools of its kind in North America. It educates approximately 5% of the nation's librarians and has over 9,000 alumni/ae in library positions around the world. Its MSLIS program offers a concentration in archives management, courses on preservation management, and a school library teacher program.