An exciting change for me was announced by Dartmouth in late February. After twenty-five years in academic librarianship (university and biomedical, beginning in 1986), I am transitioning to university information technology services, for Dartmouth College. As of March-April, I am director of academic and research computing. In this role, I am responsible for educational technology ("curricular computing"), administrative consultants, the help desk, classroom technology, research computing, and IT communications - most of the user-facing activities of College IT.
I have been blessed by superb colleagues and inspiring mentors and leaders, at top-flight institutions (Chicago, Penn, and Dartmouth and Dartmouth-Hitchcock), throughout my academic library career. Now, I have a wonderful opportunity to contribute to leadership of university information technology services at a time when I believe it and academic librarianship are starting to converge.
Cindy Stewart and Peggy Sleeth, the Biomedical Libraries' inestimably skilled associate directors, will be acting co-directors. Jeff Horrell, Dean of Libraries/Librarian of the College, is consulting with College, Medical School, and Dartmouth-Hitchcock leaderships about next steps for addressing the vacancy.
To the extent I have contributed to our university and medical center - Dartmouth College and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center - it’s in large part because the staff of the Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries is so incredibly good. They are the finest group of folks I have thus far had the privilege to work with. They are without equal, and I am very grateful to them.