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Dartmouth appoints Jeffrey Horrell Librarian of the College

Dartmouth College Office of Public Affairs • Press Release
Posted 10/07/04 • Contact Susan Knapp (603) 646-3661

Jeffrey L. Horrell
Jeffrey L. Horrell (image courtesy of Jeffrey Horrell)

Jeffrey L. Horrell, Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Collections, has been named Dean of Libraries and Librarian of the College at Dartmouth. Horrell, who was the Librarian at Dartmouth's Sherman Art Library in the early 1980s, returns to Hanover to assume his new position in February 2005.

Dartmouth President James Wright expressed his enthusiasm for Horrell's appointment, and noted the historical importance of the Librarian at Dartmouth, dating back to the first Librarian, Bezaleel Woodward, who was appointed in 1773.

"The Librarian is the caretaker of Dartmouth's intellectual treasury and the steward of future acquisitions and resources," said Wright. "Digital technology is transforming the role of the academic library, and I am confident that Jeffrey Horrell's commitment to both traditional and modern library services will greatly benefit the Dartmouth community."

Provost Barry Scherr said, "Under Mr. Horrell's leadership, Dartmouth's library resources will certainly continue to grow and develop. We know that he will maintain library access and integrity for the thousands of Dartmouth students, faculty, staff and alumni who use its services."

As Librarian, Horrell will oversee the Dartmouth College Library system, which includes nine individual libraries: Baker-Berry Library, Dana Biomedical Library, Feldberg Business & Engineering Library, Kresge Physical Sciences Library, Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library, Paddock Music Library, Rauner Special Collections 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. The Library's 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.

"...I am confident that Jeffrey Horrell's commitment to both traditional and modern library services will greatly benefit the Dartmouth community."

- President James Wright

"I am delighted and honored to have the opportunity to lead the Dartmouth College Library," said Horrell. "The Dartmouth libraries and the staff have a long and distinguished history of innovation and excellent service. I look forward to building on that tradition, in collaboration with faculty, students, and the library staff in realizing the mission of Dartmouth and its libraries."

Horrell brings more than 25 years of library experience to his new responsibilities at Dartmouth, having worked in many areas of the academic library field. A graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, Horrell earned an A.M.L.S. in library science and an A.M. in the history of art from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. He also holds an M.Phil. and a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, where he studied the history of photography.

After serving as Librarian at Dartmouth's Sherman Art Library from 1981 through 1986, Horrell worked at Syracuse University in several library positions before joining Harvard in 1992. At Harvard, he was first the Librarian of the Fine Arts Library from 1992 to 1998, where he was responsible for four divisions: Book Collections, the Visual Collection, the Rubel Asiatic Research Collection and the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Art and Architecture. Horrell then served as Acting Librarian at Harvard's Houghton Library, where rare books and manuscripts are held. In 1998, he assumed the position of Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Collections. In this role he is responsible for the administration of the development and management of the collections, including intellectual and physical access to library resources.

He will become the 18th Librarian of the College, succeeding Richard Lucier, who held the post from February 2001 until January 2004.  John Crane will continue to serve as Acting Librarian of the College until Horrell's arrival.

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