WEBB BARBARA ANN SCHMITT WEBB Barbara Ann Schmitt Webb, 66, died peacefully at her home in Washington, DC on November 10, 2012. She was the wife of Anne Jarman and daughter of the late John William Schmitt and Violet Grab Schmitt. In addition to her wife, Barbara is survived by an aunt, June Schmitt, of St. Louis, Missouri as well as many close friends. Born in St. Louis, Missouri, Barbara graduated from Elmhurst College (IL) with a degree in journalism. Her first jobs were in newspapers. She retired as Chief of Collection and Technology for Montgomery County Public Libraries. Barbara earned a Masters in Library Science from Rosary College (IL), leading to a long and successful career in librarianship. In 1984, she earned a second master's degree in marketing from John Hopkins. She was a consummate professional, constantly working to improve and expand library services for the public. In addition to her strong managerial skills, she helped public libraries successfully integrate all types of new media into their traditional services. Always interested in new technology, she developed a media production studio that continues as the Library Video Network. Her love of theater made her highly effective as a trainer and public speaker and she mentored many new librarians. She served as director of libraries in Medina County, OH and Chester County, PA. She was assistant director for branch libraries in both the District of Columbia and Montgomery County. She also worked in libraries in Baltimore County, Elmhurst, IL and Fairfax County, VA. She was a certified Myers-Briggs trainer and taught in library schools at Catholic University and Drexel University. Her colleagues elected her to positions of leadership in the Maryland Library Association, the Public Library Association and the American Library Association, where she served on its governing council. Her voracious reading covered many subjects while her personal library could match that of most medium sized public libraries. Always curious, she continually explored new arenas, both professionally and personally. A trip to a museum with Barbara could be exhausting as she studied each object intently. A memorial service for Barbara will be at 3 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, at St. Columba's Episcopal Church in Washington, DC. In recognition of Barbara's love of animals, particularly her cats Kimba and Bonnie, please make contributions to your local animal rescue shelter.
Published in The Washington Post on Nov. 17, 2012