Ann Koopman, 58, librarian and leader

Ann Koopman
Ann Koopman
Posted: January 07, 2014

Ann Koopman, 58, of Broomall, a librarian and leader in professional library associations and local community groups, died at home Friday, Dec. 20, of complications from pulmonary hypertension.

She was a member of the board of directors of the Special Libraries Association, an international society for information specialists with 9,000 members in 75 countries.

Association members "will greatly miss Ann's energetic spirit, passionate leadership, and warm heart," the group said on its website. "Her dedication and consummate professionalism in the face of adversity will long be remembered."

A longtime resident of Haddon Township, Ms. Koopman moved to Broomall in 2010. She was active with the League of Women Voters in New Jersey, receiving the Distinguished Service Award in 2007 for her work as budget director of the state organization and as president of the Camden County chapter.

Before going on disability leave in 2012, Ms. Koopman was a librarian at the Scott Memorial Library at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, where she held posts related to electronic services and digital collections. She began working there in 1995.

She did some of the first intellectual work on how to create an institutional library encompassing digital materials and wrote about it, said her husband, Eric Pumroy. In one such article in 2007, she wondered, "If we build it, will they come?"

"Whether intended for faculty papers, original journals, dissertations, or special collections, one of the challenges of building an institutional repository is recruiting appropriate content," she wrote. She then gave pointers based on her experience at Jefferson.

In addition to her career and civic pursuits, Ms. Koopman was an avid cultivator of African violets. She was active in the Burlington County and Springfield (Delaware County) African violet organizations.

Born in Des Moines, Iowa, and raised in Appleton, Wis., Ms. Koopman was a 1974 graduate of Lawrence University in Appleton. She earned a master's degree from the Graduate Library School at the University of Chicago in 1981. She worked as a science and engineering librarian at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis from 1988 to 1995.

While there, she was active in the Indiana League of Women Voters and was president of the Indiana Pro-Choice Action League.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters Rachel and Ruth Anne; and her father, John Koopman.

A memorial will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Wyndham Alumnae House at Bryn Mawr College, 235 N. Merion Ave., Bryn Mawr. Interment will be private.

Donations may be made to the Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Rd., Suite 1000, Silver Spring, Md. 20910.


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