|Summer 2005||Volume 13 Number 1|
Library Welcomes New Dean
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In January 2005, Fogler Library officially welcomed Joyce Rumery as Dean of University Libraries. A Maine native, Rumery grew up in North Yarmouth and graduated from the University of Southern Maine. She earned her Master’s of Library Science degree from the University of Arizona in 1980 and came to Fogler Library from Central Michigan University in 1986 to serve as Head of Public Services. She is well known on campus and is the guiding force behind many of the services that library users take for granted.
| Rumery looks forward to the
many opportunities that the future holds for Fogler Library. In the
changing world of libraries and information science, she sees the
balance between the innovations of the digital library and the need to
continue providing traditional services as one of the important
challenges. Providing services to all users – wherever they are and
however they choose to access the Library – is the key to her philosophy
and a starting point for all discussions.
In sharing her thoughts about the library’s future, Rumery stressed the importance of collaborations.Rumery strongly believes that in the changing world of information archival and access, libraries must collaborate in order to survive. Collaboration is not always easy, it requires effort and commitment. It means compromise, sharing the spotlight, not always being the focus. At its worst, it is a clash of egos. At its best, it creates a dynamic that is greater than the sum of its parts. Rumery believes the effort is worthwhile.
|Rumery has participated on committees within
the State including the Library Advisory Committee at Eastern Maine
Community College and the Maine Library Commission. She has also
participated on the national level in the Distance Learning Section of
the Association of Colleges and Research Libraries. She has given
presentations at the Off-Campus Library Services Conference and at the
Association of Colleges and Research Libraries. She served in various
capacities with the Distance Learning Section, most recently on their
strategic planning committee.
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