The IFLA Management and Marketing (M&M) Section is saddened by news of the recent passing of global library leader, Nancy Gwinn, who served in a number of roles on the committee from 2011 to 2019, including past Chair of M&M. Nancy will be remembered for her significant contributions to the Section, and for her instrumental role in developing the IFLA International Library Marketing Award, which is sponsored by M&M.

Her obituary describes her as “an amazing woman” and a “beautifully bright star”. Those who have worked with her wholeheartedly agree, and we hold her memory in our hearts.

As M&M Mentor and early member, Christie Koontz recollects: “For us attending M&M and IFLA there was no Nancy without her devoted husband John Cole. He was as charming, wry and funny, as Nancy, and augmented her in every way.”

Our thoughts are with Nancy’s family at this time, and the Section sends our sincere condolences. For more on Nancy’s experience with M&M, she was interviewed in June 2023 by M&M member, Romeo Matumba; her recollections of M&M can be found on our Management Skill Building blog.