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Elizabeth Sudduth is new Director of Irvin Department

Oct 31, 2011 1:18 AM
Elizabeth Sudduth begins her new duties as Director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections November 1.

“In March of this year, the Library appointed a search committee to find a new Director of the Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections,” said Tom McNally, Dean of the University Libraries. “Dr. Patrick Scott had raised the bar to a new level of excellence in his years leading our Rare Books Department. The search committee had a major challenge to find new leadership that could sustain the momentum that Patrick had developed.

“Our search committee was chaired by Dr. Mark Cooper, interim director of the Libraries’ Moving Image Research Collections, and the committee had representatives from library faculty and staff, the Irvin Department, library administration, library special collections, the English Department and the Thomas Cooper Society on the committee,” McNally said. “We interviewed three excellent candidates, and found the most qualified candidate was already among us.”

Sudduth’s first-hand knowledge of the Department is extensive: she joined the Department as a faculty member in 2000, and had served as its associate director since 2009.

“The Irvin Department of Rare Books and Special Collections has exceptionally broad and deep collections that are still growing, a strong service tradition, a dedicated and knowledgeable staff, and one of the best special collections facilities in the nation,” Sudduth said. “I am honored to provide the leadership to effect meaningful change to fine tune our program to better support the educational mission of the University and to plan together to meet the needs of future researchers.”

Over the course of her twenty-five-year career in academic libraries, Sudduth also has held positions of progressively increasing responsibility at Williams College and Randolph-Macon College. Her educational background includes a master’s degree in library science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and a bachelor’s degree in economics, cum laude, and graduate study in history at the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Sudduth is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including four books. She is a member of several professional organizations, including the South Carolina Library Association, the American Library Association, the Association of College and Research Libraries, and the Association for Library Collections and Technical Services. In addition, she has served as Program Chair for the Thomas Cooper Society since 2000.