The University of Pittsburgh News Service reports that “Rush Miller, a visionary under whose leadership the University Library System has flourished, will retire from his position as director of the system and Hillman University Librarian effective Dec. 31, 2014.
Miller ushered the system of University of Pittsburgh libraries—which now includes 15 libraries and holdings of nearly 7 million books—through two decades of change and growth. Under his direction, the University Library System has embraced new technologies like on-demand book printing, enhanced library resources to students and faculty, and has been at the forefront of open access to scholarly publications.
“The past two decades have brought daunting challenges to most libraries—including budgetary constraints, a technology revolution, and dramatically different patterns of usage. As a result, many libraries have struggled. However, Rush Miller saw opportunities in every challenge, and under his distinguished and determined leadership, the University of Pittsburgh Library System grew in strength, stature, and impact,” said Pitt Chancellor Mark A. Nordenberg. “Rush has played a major role in Pitt’s progress, and we are grateful for his many contributions.”
“The last 20 years have been a time of immense change in the field of information technology, and Rush’s visionary leadership of the University Library System during this time has been an essential component of the University’s overall success,” said Patricia E. Beeson, Pitt provost and senior vice chancellor. “Under his leadership, the University Libraries have also been instrumental in advancing the University’s international ambitions. He will be deeply missed.”
Since Miller took his position in 1994, the library holdings at Pitt have doubled and now include more than 1 million electronic books and 110,000 journals. The University Library System publishes numerous scholarly e-journals, free of charge, to partners who share its support for open access to research information. It is one of the top publishers of international journals, something Miller calls “an extension of our global outreach as a library system…”
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