Susanne Mehrer, the deputy librarian of Cambridge University Library in Cambridge, England, has been named Dartmouth’s dean of libraries. She will begin the role on Dec. 1, 2016.
“Dartmouth’s library is the lifeblood of our liberal arts mission—the treasured archive of our past and a crucial partner in the creation of the knowledge of the future,” says President Phil Hanlon ’77. “Sue Mehrer brings not only deep experience, but the right mix of strategic vision, collaborative leadership, and innovative service to expand the library’s reach throughout campus and beyond. I’m delighted to welcome her to the Dartmouth community.”
“It is such an honor and privilege to have been appointed as the dean of libraries,” says Mehrer. “I am thrilled to be joining Dartmouth at this exciting time and look forward to partnering with its excellent library staff, students, and faculty to continue developing outstanding library services, collections, and facilities for the Dartmouth academic community.”
Mehrer will oversee Dartmouth’s nine libraries, a professional and support staff of about 170, and a collection of nearly 3.4 million volumes, both physical and online. The libraries serve students and faculty throughout the College, professional schools, and the School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. Nearly 300,000 volumes circulate each year, and the central Baker-Berry Library complex has as many as 10,000 visits a day.
Mehrer’s career in libraries spans 20 years. She joined the Cambridge University Library as deputy head of reader services in 2006 and has served as deputy university librarian since 2009. In that capacity, she has been closely involved in strategic planning, building partnerships throughout the University of Cambridge and helping to establish cooperation across a network of more than 100 libraries in the 800-year-old University.
Before Cambridge, Mehrer was user services librarian at Queens University Belfast; assistant librarian, deputy user services librarian, and serials librarian at the London School of Economics; and senior information officer for the Confederation of British Industry. She began her library career as assistant librarian at Manchester Metropolitan University.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia, where she majored in English and German, Mehrer earned a master’s in English from Queen’s University Belfast, a postgraduate diploma in library and information studies from the University of Wales, Aberystwyth, an executive MBA from Queen’s University Belfast, and a master of arts from Cambridge. She participated in the Future Leaders Program through the Leadership Foundation for Higher Education, and was a 2014 fellow at the Leading Change Institute in Washington, D.C.
Jennifer Taxman, associate librarian for user engagement and technologies, is serving as interim dean of libraries until Mehrer arrives in Hanover.
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