Monthly Archives: June 2010

New Dean of Library Services Appointed – Terrance Burton

Terry Burton, New Dean of Library ServicesDear UMass Dartmouth Community,

I am pleased to announce the appointment of Terrance Burton as Dean of Library Services and invite you to join me in welcoming Terry to UMass Dartmouth.  I also want to take this opportunity to thank Bob Green for his leadership as Interim Dean for the last year and for his service as Chair of the Search Committee for the new Dean.

Terry comes to us with over twelve years of leadership experience in university libraries.  His previous positions include service as Coordinator of Library Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Director, Health Sciences Library, West Virginia University and Director, Health Sciences Library, University of Wisconsin-Madison.

At West Virginia University and the University of Wisconsin he was involved in the design and execution of new library facilities, the management and development of faculty and academic staff librarians and the programmatic integration of the library into the university’s educational, research and outreach missions.  At the University of Wisconsin he was responsible for migrating the journal collection from one that was available only in print format to one that was almost entirely online.

While much of Terry’s experience has been in health sciences libraries, his educational background is in the arts with a BA in History and Theater Arts from Carroll College, Wisconsin, and an MFA in Theater Design and Technology, from the University of Georgia.  His experiences teaching theater and speech have given him a first had understanding and appreciation for the information needs of faculty and students from a user perspective.

Terry notes that his goal at UMass Dartmouth is to provide library services that serve the total person, be they students or faculty, and that throughout his career, he has been an advocate for a broad education.  We are pleased to have Terry as part of our community and he has indicated that he is excited to have the opportunity to work with all of us to integrate the library’s information management expertise into the University’s educational, research and service functions.

Anthony J. Garro
Provost and Vice Chancellor
For Academic and Student Affairs

Marian the Cybrarian – In Praise of Academic Librarians

An article in the in the May 20, 2010 Chronicle of Higher Education Advice column by Thomas H. Benton entitled “Marian the Cybrarian” gives out a little love to academic librarians ( )

You’ll want to read the whole article, but here are some snippets…

“It’s not that many of today’s librarians routinely dress in sunglasses and black leather (though some do). It’s that, more than any other class of professionals in higher education, librarians possess a comprehensive understanding of the scholarly ecosystem. They know what’s going on across the disciplines, among professors and administrators as well as students. No less important, they are often the most informed people when it comes to technological change—its limits as well as its advantages”.

“… They understand the chain of events between the butterfly and the hurricane, so to speak, because they have experience with the cultivation of knowledge and with the practical consequences of institutional overreaching. They see the potential of new tools, but they are also the guardians of tradition. From that permanent dialectical struggle, they appear to acquire a mixture of whimsy and wisdom—in addition to a notable taste for eccentric eyewear”.

“In my experience, librarians almost always pass the beer test: They are among the most likeable people you’ll find at any college. They have the intellectual curiosity of academics without the aloofness and attitude often displayed by professors. If you are a stranger on a strange campus, the one person who will always save you is a librarian. They may still shush you in some places, but librarians will also go to the most extraordinary lengths to help you achieve your scholarly goals without asking for any of the credit”.

“If I send them a student with a problem, not only is it solved, but the student returns with information about resources that I didn’t even know existed”.

But wait, there’s more …