November 29, 2015

Syracuse University Dean of Libraries/University Librarian Suzanne Thorin on Her Accomplishments and Plans for the Future

In February, Suzanne Thorin, dean of libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse U., announced her plans to retire at the end of June. Today, the Syracuse U. newspaper talks with Thorin about some of her accomplishments and her plans for the future.

From The Daily Orange:

Before she became the dean of libraries, Thorin said the library was underfunded. Under her leadership, Thorin said the university budget for the library has grown by $1.2 million. Generating funds for the library was a difficult process, she said, but it served as a great start for future library development.

Her proudest accomplishment during her time as dean, she said, was the resurrection of the Belfour Audio Archive and construction of the 20,000-square-foot South Campus library storage facility next to the Hawkins Building on Jamesville Avenue.


With the change of leadership, Thorin said she is ready to move on to something else.

“I have a house in Maine near Bowdoin College where I plan on doing some writing, reading and exploring,” she said. “I’m looking forward to not being in the normal daily grind.”

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Note: Thorin will still be active in the library community. The article does not mention that late last year Thorin was appointed by President Obama to the National Museum and Library Services Board for a three year term.

See Also: President Obama appoints Suzanne Thorin to National Institute of Museum and Library Services board (November 12, 2012)

See Also: Syracuse University Library Dean & University Librarian Susan Thorin Nominated to National Museum and Library Services Board (March 14, 2012)

See Also: Suzanne Thorin’s Syracuse University Bio

See Also: Suzanne Thorin: An Interview (Spring, 2006 via Syracuse Library Connection; PDF)
The interview was conducted shortly after Thorin began as dean of libraries and University Librarian at Syracuse U.

See Also: K. Matthew Dames Named Interim Dean-Designate of Syracuse University Libraries (March 6, 2013)

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