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Dartmouth appoints Richard Lucier Librarian of the College

Posted 11/01/00

Richard E. Lucier has been named Librarian of the College at Dartmouth, effective in February 2001. He currently plays a major leadership role at the University of California, where he is Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly Information, Founding University Librarian of the California Digital Library, and Executive Director of UC Systemwide Planning for Libraries and Scholarly Information. He formerly served as University Librarian at the University of California at San Francisco, one of the premier health sciences campuses in the nation.

Lucier will become the 17th Librarian of the College, succeeding Margaret A. Otto, who retired Nov. 1 after serving as Dartmouth's Librarian since 1979. John Crane, Director of Administrative Services for the Dartmouth Library, will serve as Acting Librarian of the College until Lucier's arrival.

Both President James Wright and Provost Susan Westerberg Prager expressed their enthusiasm for Lucier's appointment. President Wright noted the historical importance of the Librarian at Dartmouth, dating back to the appointment of the first Librarian, Bezaleel Woodward, in 1773. In announcing this appointment, he thanked Margaret Otto for her long and devoted service. Susan Prager added, "These are critical and challenging times in the library world. Richard Lucier's leadership will be a tremendous advantage as Dartmouth considers the impact of technology on the way we teach and learn." Wright said that Lucier's appointment will assure Dartmouth a leadership role in the library of the future.

Brenda Silver, Professor of English and Chair of the search committee for the Librarian of the College, said, "Richard is a nationally and internationally recognized leader in the library world. He will bring to Dartmouth a keen understanding of both the complexity of research libraries today, and the flexibility it takes to meet the changing needs of their diverse users." She went on to say, "Dartmouth faculty and students will benefit enormously from his active involvement in a number of issues crucial to scholarship today, including intellectual property rights and new avenues for scholarly communication and publication. Richard has a vision of the role of the librarian as a roving information professional, helping faculty and students with the research and teaching that are central to Dartmouth's mission. With Richard here, the library will maintain its reputation for innovation and excellence."

The Dartmouth College Library system includes 11 individual libraries around the campus: Baker-Berry Library (humanities & social sciences), Cook Mathematics Library, Dana Biomedical Library, Feldberg Business & Engineering Library, Kresge Physical Sciences Library, Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library, Paddock Music Library, Rauner Special Collections Library, Sanborn English Library, Sherman Art Library and the Dartmouth College Storage Library. With a combined staff of 175, these libraries provide a full range of information services to the Dartmouth community. Information resources range from a vast array of digital sources to approximately 2.35 million printed volumes, including subscriptions to over 20,000 journals and other serials. The newest of those components is Berry Library, which opened in September 2000 and is connected to Baker Library, the headquarters of the system. Baker/Berry Library will allow the college to nearly double its library collections, better link its computing services and library services, make the library more a crossroads of campus life and better serve its users.

Lucier said, "Dartmouth has put in place a solid foundation for creating a library of the character and caliber critical to achieving its mission. The Library's record of quality service, the new Berry Library building, the strengthening relationship between the Library and Computing Services, the visible support of the institution for the Library, the innovative and creative initiatives of the faculty and students, and the excellent Library and staff provide a unique opportunity to continue and strengthen the process of building on the past to meet the needs of the future."

A graduate of the Catholic University of America and Rutgers University (from which he received a master's degree in library science), Lucier has worked in education for 30 years. Between 1970 and 1982 he was alternately a teacher and a library media specialist at secondary schools in New Jersey and Massachusetts. In 1982 he joined the University of Cincinnati, serving first as Director of Library and Media Services for the university's Medical Center Libraries and later as Director of Academic Information Resources Management for Medical Center Information and Communications. In 1986 he joined The Johns Hopkins University, where he served successively as Special Assistant to the Director of the Welch Medical Library, Assistant Director for Research and Development, Associate Director for Research and Computing, and Founding Director of the Laboratory for Applied Research in Academic Information. In 1991 he joined the University of California's San Francisco campus, serving concurrently as Director of the Center for Knowledge Management, University Librarian, and Assistant Vice Chancellor for Academic Information Management. In 1997 he joined the Office of the President of the University of California system as Special Assistant for Systemwide Library Planning and Development, and in 1998 became Executive Director of UC Systemwide Planning for Libraries and Scholarly Information as well as Founding University Librarian of the California Digital Library. He became Interim Associate Vice Provost for Academic Initiatives for the University of California system in 1999 and Associate Vice Provost for Scholarly Information in 2000.

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