Schmidt Receives Jean Anderson Downtown Improvement Award
November 9, 2007
BLOOMINGTON, Ill. – Illinois Wesleyan's University Librarian Karen Schmidt was awarded
the Jean Anderson Downtown Improvement Award by the Downtown Bloomington Association
and the City of Bloomington in recognition of her contributions to the downtown.
In presenting the award on Nov. 5, Bloomington Mayor Steve Stockton cited Schmidt's
work "to build a stronger, vibrant downtown and her tireless efforts to connect people
and resources to secure a bright future for a vital city and city center.”
A member of the City Council, Schmidt represents the city’s Sixth Ward, which includes
much of downtown. She joined Illinois Wesleyan in August 2007, following 25 years
at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
The Jean Anderson Downtown Improvement Award is named in honor of alderwoman Jean
Anderson, who served on the Bloomington City Council from 1989 until her death in
1996. Her dedication and leadership set the stage for a downtown renaissance by pioneering
the idea of public and private involvement in downtown Bloomington.
Schmidt is actively involved with many non-profit and community organizations, including
the Old House Society and the Bloomington Center for Performing Arts. She is the 2002
winner of the YWCA Women of Distinction award.
“Downtown Bloomington would not be where it is today without the leadership of Karen
Schmidt,” said Greg Koos, president of the Downtown Bloomington Association and executive
director of the McLean County Museum of History. “Her commitment to the economic strength
and viability of the downtown is immeasurable. We are thankful for her dedication
and devotion to this area and to the entire city.”
Schmidt earned both her bachelor’s degree in anthropology and master’s degree in
library science from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind. She obtained her doctorate
in library science and information from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Contact: Ann Aubry, (309) 556-3181