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University Librarian Steps Down
On Thursday, May 4, Library staff were stunned and saddened to receive word that Gerald R. Lowell, Kenneth and Dorothy Hill University Librarian, is stepping down from the position that he has held since late 1998.
Arriving at the end of a period in the Library's history of uncertainty and declining budgets, Jerry Lowell's enthusiasm and optimism permeated every aspect of Library administration. In just 18 months the Library made significant progress in rebuilding its collections and services, garnered increased faculty support, and raised librarians' and staff morale.
Patricia Iannuzzi, who was recently appointed Associate University Librarian and Director of Doe and Moffitt Libraries, and who worked with Jerry Lowell when they were both employed at the Yale University Library, observed: "Jerry is a charismatic and extremely effective administrator. He is wonderful at energizing the organization and building consensus among staff. He is an able communicator, spanning the cultures of the faculty, the Library, and University administration. Jerry created a solid foundation for revitalizing library services and collections, and he leaves the Library much better positioned and more optimistic about meeting the challenges that lie ahead."
At this time the University is formulating its plans for the transition period. An Interim University Librarian will be appointed, and a committee is being constituted to identify possible candidates.