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Mark Watson appointed as interim Dean of the University of Oregon Libraries

Headshot of Mark Watson

Mark Waston, Interim Dean of Libraries, University of Oregon

On June 10 the University of Oregon announced that Mark Watson, associate dean for research services, UO libraries, has been named interim dean of UO libraries. Watson has worked in various capacities in the UO libraries since 1986, including stints as interim head of UO science libraries and co-interim dean of libraries. He will begin this new role starting July 9. ACRL-OR caught up with the incoming interim dean to answer a few questions about his new role:

What can you tell us about why Adrienne Lim (current dean UO Libraries) is leaving and where she is going?

Adriene Lim has accepted a position as Dean of Libraries at the University of Maryland in College Park.  Dean Lim is a recognized leader in the national academic library community, and her record of achievement, leadership and scholarship has been recognized and rewarded by this offer to take the helm at one of the country’s largest research libraries.  As a respected leader at the University of Oregon, she will be sorely missed.

What do you most look forward to as interim dean?

As interim Dean, I will have the opportunity to work directly under the University’s Vice President and Provost for Academic Affairs.  Involvement at this level of governance and the opportunity to help shape the academic direction of the institution is an exciting prospect.  Within the library, I look forward to working with the same great team of colleagues but in new ways.  As the interim Dean, I will be able to deepen and extend my efforts to support them in providing excellent library service to the campus community.

What is the biggest challenge you see in the year to come for the UO libraries?

Like many of its peers, the University of Oregon is dealing with a downturn in enrollment, especially when it comes to international students, with the consequence that all sectors of the institution are facing funding constraints.  It will be challenging to maintain fiscal balance and still deliver the quality service that faculty and students have come to expect.  This challenge extends to both maintaining adequate levels of staffing and the library’s ability to build collections commensurate with teaching and research needs.

What can you tell us about the search process for a permanent dean?

The UO is facing the prospect of recruiting several new Deans during the coming year; however, the stated expectation is that a search for a permanent Dean of Libraries will commence sometime in the fall.

Anything else you’d like the Oregon academic library community to know?

As interim Dean, I will have the opportunity to attend more meetings and conferences where I hope to meet new colleagues and interact with people I already know.  I look forward to making new connections with my Oregon colleagues!

ACRL-OR extends our best wishes to Mark Watson and to the UO Libraries during this interim leadership and search for a new dean of UO Libraries.

Portland State Announces New University Librarian

Following a national search, Portland State University has appointed Marilyn Moody, dean of the library at Boise State University, as PSU’s new University Librarian.
Marilyn Moody

Moody replaces PSU’s last University Librarian, Helen Spalding, who retired in 2010. Lynn Chmelir and Adriene Lim each served a year in the position on an interim basis. Moody’s first day will be Aug. 27.

Before joining Boise State in 2006, Moody served in administrative positions in the libraries at the University of California, Santa Barbara; the University of Buffalo; Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York; and Iowa State University. She is the co-author with Jean L. Sears of three editions of the reference work “Using Government Information Sources.” She has a master’s degree in library science and a bachelor’s degree in teaching social studies, both from the University of Illinois.

Welcome, Marilyn!

New people and new exhibits at Portland State U Library

PSU Library recently welcomed Karen Bjork as our new Digital Initiatives Coordinator. Karen is working to improve and grow our institutional repository, PDXScholar.

Emily Ford recently started as Assistant Professor and Urban and Public Affairs Librarian, a position she held in the interim for several months.

This spring, the library has a few new exhibits, both online and in the library building. The new digital exhibits are “Highlights from the Gates Collection of African American History and Culture” and “From the University Archives: The Vanport Extension Center 1946-48.”

The spring exhibit in the library, “The Gift of the Word: An Exhibition of Recent Acquisitions to PSU Library Special Collections,” celebrates the legacy of Gordon Hunter. His love of books and his passion for history inspired him to make a gift to the Library’s Special Collections through the Oregon Community Foundation that each year helps the Library acquire new rare and significant books and manuscripts to support the teaching and research at Portland State University. This exhibit, researched, curated and designed by PSU students and faculty, represents the active engagement and learning at the heart of Portland State.

This exhibit even has its own contest for students.

And have you found us on social media? PSU Library is on Facebook and Twitter, and PSU Library Archives and Special Collections is tweeting historic images from our archives on Twitter.

New faculty at Portland State Library

We have some new faces and titles at Portland State library! Plus we’ve said goodbye to some old friends.

Tom Raffensperger, formerly our Assistant University Librarian for Public Services, is now Library Director at Westfield State University in Westfield, Massachusetts. Michael Bowman is serving as Interim AUL for Public Services until a new candidate is hired.

Adriene Lim, formerly Interim University Librarian, is returning to her home state of Michigan to become Dean of the Libraries at Oakland University in Rochester. Lynn Chmelir (formerly of Clark College, Washington State University, and Linfield College) will begin as Interim University Librarian on July 6. Assistant University Librarian Tom Bielavitz is taking on interim responsibilities as AUL for Resource Services and Technology.

Meredith Farkas is now assistant professor and Head of Instructional Services. Meredith, a 2006 Library Journal Mover & Shaker, comes to us from Norwich University in Vermont.

Jill Emery is assistant professor and Collection Development Librarian. Jill has a long career in acquisitions, most recently as the Head of Acquisitions at the University of Texas at Austin.

Kim Wilson-St. Clair is a long-time library staffer who was recently promoted to our faculty as Reference and Instruction Librarian.

Emily Ford is now Interim Librarian for the College of Urban and Public Affairs.

Liz Paulus will be our interim Government Information Librarian while Claudia Weston is on sabbatical.

OSU’s University Librarian

image of Faye Chadwell and dog

Faye Chadwell & Bo

As many of you know, on May 11, 2011, Faye Chadwell was appointed the Donald and Delpha Campbell University Librarian at Oregon State University, following  Karyle Butcher, who retired from OSU in September 2010.  Chadwell served as OSU’s Interim University Librarian from October 2010 – May 2011, stepping up from her position as Associate University Librarian for Collections & Content Management, which she held since 2007. Prior to joining the OSU faculty, Chadwell worked at the University of Oregon Libraries for 12 years, and at the University of South Carolina for six years. She has a master’s degree in library science from the University of Illinois, and a bachelor’s and master’s degree in English from Appalachian State University in North Carolina.  We at the OSU libraries are fortunate to have Faye’s leadership, knowledge, vision and energy to take us into the future.

Margaret Mellinger
Oregon State University Libraries

new hire @ MHCC

We at the MHCC Library are happy to announce that Kim Read joined our staff as a part-time reference and instruction librarian starting in January. Welcome, Kim!

Roy Bennett Retires from WOU

Roy Bennett

Roy Bennett

After over 28 years of service to Western Oregon University, Roy Bennett has retired. Roy arrived at the Western Oregon State College library in 1982. He has been a dedicated advocate of the ongoing improvements to library services through a constant evolution of information technology. With his calm, ever pleasant demeanor, he has been a model of creative adaptability to the insistent forces of change. He has also been a champion of the union. He received the AFT – Oregon 2010 John Conner Memorial Award for his “selfless, spirited enthusiasm and devotion to the union cause.”

People and publications at Portland State Library

Kimberly Pendell joined Portland State Library as Social Sciences Librarian in October. Kim holds a BA from the University of Oregon and an MSIS from the University of Texas at Austin. Before returning to her home state, she worked as Assistant Information Services Librarian at the University of Illinois at Chicago and as Volunteer Librarian at the Dziwani Knowledge Centre for Health in Lusaka, Zambia.

Also in October, Molly Blalock-Koral was promoted to Access Services Manager. Molly began at the Library as a student in 2000, and has held the positions of Holds Clerk, Billing Clerk, Student Supervisor, and Circulation Supervisor. She earned her MPA and BA from Portland State.

And in December, Nathan Mealey started as Manager of Library Technologies. Nathan received his MLS from Simmons College in Boston, and worked in IT consulting for two years before returning to work at the Simmons College Library as the Information Technology & Systems Librarian from 2006-2010.

And here are Portland State Library faculty publications from 2010.

New Map/GIS Librarian at UO Libraries

Kathy Stroud recently joined UO Libraries as our new David and Nancy Petrone MAP/GIS Librarian.

Kathy comes to us from the University of California, Davis, where she worked in a biological/agricultural sciences and map services reference department and in the Government Information/Maps department in the Shields Library. Prior to that, she served as a Government Documents/Maps Librarian at University of Maryland Libraries.

She has been actively involved with the Western Association of Map Libraries, the North American Cartographic Information Society, the University of California/Stanford Map Libraries Group, and divisions within the American Library Association.

Retirement at CGCC Library

After 16 years as Director of Library Services at Columbia Gorge Community College, Rosemary Ross retired on November 30.  When she began, library services were provide through The Dalles-Wasco Public Library, and she took on the challenge of developing the on campus library.  More recently she oversaw its remodeling into an information commons and led the implementation of library services at the new Hood River – Indian Creek Campus.  With foresight and dedication, Rosemary built the library into the dynamic place it is now.
In recognition of her years of service and substantial contributions to the development of the library, the CGCC Library will be named in her honor.
Despite her official retirement, Rosemary is still hard at work.  Earlier this year she managed the Library’s migration to the Sage Library System, and she is now getting the library ready to move to the open source Evergreen ILS that Sage is implementing.  She will work part-time on this and other projects, and welcomes people to get in touch with her (rross@cgcc.cc.or.us, 541-506-6080).
Tracy Scharn
Public Services Librarian
Columbia Gorge Community College