May 20, 2022

Toby Graham Named New Head of Libraries at University of Georgia

From the University of Georgia:

Toby Graham, who has served in a variety of leadership roles at the University of Georgia Libraries for more than a decade, has been named university librarian and associate provost following a national search, Provost Pamela Whitten announced today.

His appointment is effective Sept. 1.


Graham has served as deputy university librarian since 2009, a role in which he supported strategic planning, administration and resource allocation for the libraries and oversaw fundraising. He also directs the university’s Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library and oversees the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries, which holds 70,000 cubic feet of archives, 200,000 volumes and 200,000 media items.


Graham came to UGA in 2003 as director of the Digital Library of Georgia, which provides free and open access to educational materials and receives more than 4.5 million page views annually from users across Georgia, in each of the 50 states and abroad. The Digital Library of Georgia also serves as one of six regional hubs for the Harvard-based Digital Public Library of America, which connects users to more than 7 million holdings from libraries, archives and museums. As director of the Digital Library of Georgia, Graham co-directed the Civil Rights Digital Library, an award-winning nationwide portal on the Civil Rights Movement.

He previously served as head of special collections at the McCain Library and Archives at the University of Southern Mississippi. As a graduate assistant at the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library at University of Alabama, he developed the University of Alabama Libraries’ first digitization project, a collection of documents and images on the Confederate warship known as the Alabama.


As university librarian, Graham will oversee the four principal facilities of the UGA Libraries-the main library, science library, Miller Learning Center and Russell Special Collections Building. The director of the award-winning UGA Press, which was founded in 1938 and is the state’s oldest and largest book publisher, and the editor of The Georgia Review, the highly regarded quarterly literary journal founded in 1947, also report to the university librarian.

Graham earned his doctorate in library and information studies, as well as master’s degrees in library service and history from the University of Alabama. He holds a bachelor’s degree in social science and history from James Madison University.

The search committee was chaired by David S. Williams, associate provost and director of the Honors Program, and was assisted by the UGA Search Group in Human Resources. Graham succeeds William Gray Potter, who will retire on Aug. 31 following a 25-year career at UGA.

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See Also: University of Georgia: Four Finalists For University Librarian Job Announced (May 12, 2014)

See Also: Profile: William Potter, University of Georgia: “Retiring Librarian Leaves Behind Digital Legacy” (February 21, 2014)

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