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Emily McElroy will assume the responsibilities as associate dean for research and health sciences for the George A. Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida (UF) on October 3, 2022. In this position, she will provide vision and leadership for the libraries’ research initiatives and services to the research enterprise as well as strategic support of the multifaceted mission of UF’s Health Science Center.

Jennifer Meehan, head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University, has been named director of the Library of Congress’s Special Collections Directorate. Meehan’s career spans more than eighteen years in academic and research institutions in positions of progressive responsibility, including fourteen years of management and leadership experience. She previously served as head of the Eberly Family Special Collections Library at Penn State University. In this role, she provided leadership and strategic direction for special collections and university archives across the university libraries. She also led operations for collection development, maintenance, access, reference and instruction, outreach and public programming, and community and stakeholder engagement.


Douglas Anderson retired as director of the library at Marietta College in July 2022 after seventeen years of service. Upon assuming the position in 2005, he was responsible for overseeing the design and construction of the college’s $17 million Legacy Library, occupied in 2009. Under his leadership, the library’s Special Collections department made several significant acquisitions and hosted author David McCullough as he conducted substantial research for his latest book, The Pioneers. At the college, he was faculty secretary for three years and served interim appointments at various times as chair of the Theatre Department and the Art Department. Before coming to Marietta College, Anderson worked as systems officer at the University of Alabama Libraries, director of the library at Presbyterian College, and catalog and systems librarian at Furman University. Active in library consortial activities, he was elected to the OhioNet board of directors and served as its treasurer for six years. In 2002 he was one of two founding co-chairs of the Partnership Among South Carolina Academic Libraries (PASCAL).

Joseph Weber, director of library services at Austin Peay State University since 2007, has retired after a thirty-year career in academic libraries. Weber also worked as a librarian at Ferris State University, Christopher Newport University, and the Kentucky Historical Society. He served on ACRL committees in the Education and Behavioral Sciences and College Libraries Sections and was president of the board of directors of the Tennessee library consortium Tenn-Share in 2014 and 2015.

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