Biography: Janet Swan Hill received her undergraduate degree in geology from Vassar College (1967), and her Masters in Library Science from the University of Denver (1970). She began her professional career as an intern at the Library of Congress, whereupon she became a map cataloger, and eventually Head of LC's Map Cataloging Unit. In 1978 she went to Northwestern University as Head of the Cataloging Department, and in 1989 she moved to the University of Colorado as Head of Technical Services.
Her primary scholarly focus has been on bibliographic control, technical services management, and education and recruitment for technical services. She has been active in service to the field, serving as the ALA representative to the Joint Steering Committee for the Revision of the Anglo American Cataloging Rules (AACR), and as president of the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. She is currently in her third term as an ALA Councilor.
As one of few tenured
librarians at CU when she first arrived, she served a number of years as
Chair of the CU Libraries Tenure Committee, revising the statement of
criteria and standards, preparing a variety of documents to guide
librarians seeking tenure, and also preparing for the campus tenure
committee a guide to librarians as faculty. This document formed the
basis of her 1994 article in the Journal of Academic Librarianship:
"Wearing Our Own Clothes: Librarians as Faculty". She has also
served on the campus tenure committee, which provides advice for the
Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs regarding tenure and promotion
recommendations for faculty in all schools and colleges. She is a judge
for the United States Figure Skating Association, holding appointments
in singles, pairs, figures, and ice dancing. She is captain and manager
of a Masters Synchronized Figure Skating team, and has competed at seven
U.S. National Synchronized Skating Championships.