Library Dean to Return to Research and Teaching

Library Dean to Return to Research and Teaching

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Provost John Aber has announced that Sherry Vellucci will end her five-year term as dean of the University Library at the end of January 2013 in order to pursue other professional goals.

"During our conversations professor Vellucci indicated that while she enjoyed the many creative opportunities to transform the library into a forward-looking organization with a strong user-centered focus, she greatly missed the teaching and research that defined her work prior to her appointment as library dean," says Aber.

She will return to the faculty on July 1, 2013, after a five-month leave during which she will begin plans for a university-wide data curation program. 

Aber praised Vellucci for her service during the last 5 years, during which time she introduced many transformative initiatives. Under her leadership the library:

  • Developed a new Library Strategic Plan to align with the evolving model of 21st century library services and accommodate the changing needs of current and future library users;
  • Developed a new organizational matrix structure that increased collaboration among library units and created a new Executive Cabinet comprised of library faculty and staff leaders;
  • Created an Office of Scholarly Communication that built the UNH Scholars Repository to provide wider access to the university’s research and publications;
  • Initiated the first Open Access Symposium which led to the adoption of an Open Access recommendation by the Faculty Senate;
  • Initiated the Dimond Library redesign project to increase individual and group study space and bring academic partners into the library to expand the Dimond Academic Commons;
  • Created the Library Office of Assessment to provide data for decision making and to assess library projects and services based on appropriate standards;
  • Developed a plan to transform information literacy instruction;
  • Increased professional development opportunities for faculty and staff; and,
  • Became more engaged with the teaching and research activities of the university.  

Vellucci has accepted an invitation to be a visiting scholar at Rutgers University during the Spring 2013 semester, where she will work with the Institute for Jazz Studies and the Diversity Research Center to increase leadership opportunities related to a number of key areas in the profession, such as jazz and music archives, metadata and digital libraries.

Aber also announced that an internal search process will begin immediately for an interim dean for the library.