LSU has named the bam-zowie Stanley Wilder as the new dean of LSU Libraries. Stanley is currently university librarian at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte. He will begin as dean at LSU on July 1 pending approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors. He previously served at the University of Rochester as associate dean of information management services, following an earlier 10 years at LSU. LSU conducted a national search for dean, and Gaines Foster, dean of the LSU College of Humanities & Social Sciences, served as chair of the search committee. “We are pleased to have Stanley Wilder join LSU’s leadership team as dean of LSU Libraries,” said LSU President & Chancellor F. King Alexander. “Wilder understands the role that research libraries play in our fast-paced world, and we look forward to the vision he brings to our libraries. Said Wilder: “Going into my interview, I knew how impressive the libraries’ staff and collections were going to be. What impressed me most, though, was LSU’s university-wide consensus on the strategic importance of great research library services. The LSU Libraries is poised for a renaissance, and I am honored to have this opportunity to contribute.” Stanley began his professional career as the manager of the Architecture and Art Library, a branch study collection at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin, an MLS degree from Columbia University, and an MBA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. He is an active researcher and speaker. In 1994, he served as a Visiting Program Officer for the Association of Research Libraries, and has been publishing his research on ARL demographic issues ever since. He has also published many papers relating to collections and library technologies, this in addition to his controversial critique of the literature of information literacy, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education in 2005. The Charleston Conference Penthouse Interview with Stanley by yours truly and Tom Gilson during the 32nd Charleston Conference was published online on Jan 30, 2013
This news item is making the rounds in the Chicago area press and is sent to us by Ramune Kubilius and excerpted from a local newspaper. “Late this spring, a new full-service independent bookstore will debut in a downtown Evanston space already well known to a generation of area book-lovers. Bookends & Beginnings is slated to open in early June in the space formerly occupied by Bookman’s Alley, a legendary local antiquarian bookstore.” “Our goal is to create a vibrant cultural destination and hub of book-centered community for both adults and children,” says owner Nina Barrett, herself an author, radio personality, and longtime Evanston resident. “Evanston has always supported an array of wonderful used, antiquarian, and specialty bookshops, but we think the time is right for a more substantial-sized, knowledgeably curated, general-interest store.” Barrett says the shop will offer a mixture of new, used, and specially discounted books, with particular emphasis on titles that will appeal to Evanston’s highly educated and multi-ethnic population. Home to Northwestern University, Evanston is a demographically diverse transitional zone between the melting pot of Chicago on its southern border and the wealthier suburbs on the area’s North Shore, all of whom look to Evanston as a cultural and recreational destination. (In Audrey Niffenegger‘s 2003 bestseller The Time Traveler’s Wife, the main characters pass an afternoon browsing at Bookman’s Alley after spending a morning toasting themselves on an Evanston beach.) Barrett has published literary essays and reviews in The New York Times Magazine, The Nation, Publishers Weekly, and many other publications. Also a trained chef and two-time James Beard Award winner for her radio food reporting for Chicago’s NPR affiliate station WBEZ, Barrett says she plans to make the cooking section “a destination for cooks and food lovers.” Barrett’s husband Jeffrey Garrett, who recently retired from his job as Associate University Librarian for Special Libraries & Director, Special Collections and Archives, Northwestern University Library, will curate several sections, drawing on his decades of experience in rare books and specialized collections, European publishing, and international children’s literature. I find all this way cool! Don’t you?
The local media was really into this story so check out these other news reports as well as Bookends & Beginnings on Facebook:
- New Bookstore to Open In ‘Literary Alley’
- New ‘Intellectual’ Bookstore to Replace Bookman’s Alley
- New Evanston independent bookstore to open in June
- Bookends & Beginnings – Facebook page