As Judith Nadler, Director and University Librarian, explained in “Reorganization to Enhance Library Services” in Library News on January 12, 2012, “I am implementing major changes in the Library’s organization that will strengthen the Library’s ability to provide traditional services, while enabling us to take on new roles at the University and provide new services to our community. Programmatic changes on campus and recent turnover in key Library positions have provided impetus for organizational change. New University appointments in Information Technology and Research Computing offer opportunities for exciting collaborations between the Library and other units on campus.”
Having consulted library staff members through the “Task Forces on Collections, Services, and Scholarly Communication,” she put “into place a new structure that will enable us to fulfill…strategic programmatic goals.” These were to “Establish a unified vision and voice” for (1) Collection Services, (2) User Services, (3) Digital Services, and (4) collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences to parallel those for the Sciences and for Law.
To achieve these goals, she created five new positions effective January 1, 2012. She appointed James Mouw, who had been Assistant Director for Technical and Electronic Services and Interim Assistant Director for Collections the Associate University Librarian for Collection Services. He is supposed to provide “vision, leadership, and coordination for collections and related services across disciplines and formats.”
Director Nadler appointed James Vaughan, who had been Assistant Director for Access and Facilities Services, the Associate University Librarian for User Services. He is supposed to provide “vision, leadership, and coordination for access services, reference, instruction, and outreach.”
Ms. Nadler appointed Elisabeth Long, who had been Co-Director of the Digital Library Development Center, the Associate University Librarian for Digital Services. She is supposed to provide “vision, leadership, and coordination for the Library’s growing digital programs and services.” In a related development, Charles Blair, who had been Co-Director of the Digital Library Development Center, is now the sole Director of the Digital Library Development Center.
Ms. Nadler appointed Alice Schreyer, who had been Director of the Special Collections Research Center, the Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections. She is supposed to provide “vision, leadership, and coordination for general and special collections in the Humanities and Social Sciences.” In a related development, Ms. Nadler promoted Daniel Meyer, who had been Associate Director, Special Collections Research Center and University Archivist, to Director, Special Collections Research Center, and University Archivist.
Ms. Nadler appointed Denise Weintraub, who had been Assistant Director for Library Administration, the Director for Administrative Services. She is supposed to provide “vision, leadership, and administration for Library facilities services as well as budget and personnel.”
In addition, Ms. Nadler created a “new decision-making body,” the four-member Director’s Council, which will be comprised of the Library Director and the three Associate University Librarians. The existent Library Administrative Committee (AdCom) has been redefined as well. It is comprised of Library Director Nadler; Associate University Librarians Mouw, Vaughan, and Long; Law Librarian (Associate Dean for Library and Information Services, Law) Judith Wright; Science Libraries Co-Directors Barbara Kern and Andrea Twiss-Brooks; Assistant University Librarian for Humanities, Social Sciences, and Special Collections Schreyer; Director for Administrative Services Weintraub; and the Information Technology Management team: Director Blair and Frances McNamara, Director of Integrated Library Systems & Administrative & Desktop Computing.
Ms. Nadler stated, “The organizational chart will help readers visualize the new organization. This chart is a mix of formal organizational structure and functional areas of responsibility and does not include all of the details of departmental unit organization.”
“I look forward,” she wrote, “to working with Library staff within this new organization to achieve a number of goals: to enable new and evolving roles for the Library while recognizing and strengthening the Library’s traditional roles; to build a human infrastructure that has the skills and vision to move the organization forward through promotion of existing talent and hiring of new talent; to prepare us to hire staff in key areas that underpin our goals for the future; and to ensure a communications structure that promotes decentralized input and facilitates informed decision making and implementation. I encourage you to contact me or any of the Library staff members I have identified with any questions about the reorganization.”
Why do so many organizations call committees task forces as if they were naval fleets?