William Hair Named Associate Dean, New Library Division Created

Feb. 4, 2002

Dr. Reagan Ramsower, dean of libraries and associate vice president and chief information officer, has named William B. Hair III, associate professor and theology and philosophy librarian, associate dean of university libraries and director of central university libraries, effective Feb. 1.

Additionally, in an expansion of the library system, Ramsower has created the division of electronic libraries and has named Tim Logan, previous director of the academic technology center, director of that division.

"We are expanding the concept of the library under the name 'The 21st Century Library,'" Ramsower said of the changes. "The '21st Century Library' combines the traditional university libraries, under the exceptional leadership of Bill Hair, with the functions of the academic technology center and the digital library collections to create the electronic library division under the leadership of Tim Logan. Baylor is extremely fortunate to have such great leaders to head up the outstanding group of folks that will are part of the '21st Century Library.'"

In additional appointments, Beth Tice, lecturer and fine arts catalog librarian, will serve as assistant director of resources and collection management services for the central libraries, which works with the selection and purchasing of materials for the libraries' collections as well as processing these materials and preserving items in the collections. Jeff Steely, lecturer and outreach services librarian, has been named assistant director of central libraries' client services, which includes circulation services, interlibrary loan and reference services.

"I think this [restructuring] will be a tremendous asset to the teaching faculty," Hair said. "The faculty and staff who work in the central libraries are excited about the possibilities. We have very bright, creative, energetic people who can bring the kind of vision that we are looking for to lead this '21st Century Library.'"

In the electronic libraries division, Billie Peterson-Lugo, associate professor and head of library outreach services, will serve as assistant director of resources and collection management services, while Richard Gerik, director of student technology services in the office of information technology systems, will serve as director of client services. The electronic libraries division also will include student services and the academic technology center that had previously been part of the office of ITS.

"I am excited about the challenges and opportunities that this presents," Logan said. "I think the work that academic technology does and that the library does are very complementary. Both are in the information business and in the information acquisition and delivery business. What we are trying to do is integrate and maximize these."

For more information, contact Ramsower at 710-8788.

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