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Thomas Library appoints new director | Pro Club Bd

Amanda McLellan, associate director of discovery and technology at East Carolina University in Greenville, North Carolina, has been appointed director of the Thomas Library in Wittenberg. She will take up her new role on August 1st.

McLellan was responsible for the library’s technology strategy, overseeing the day-to-day operations of library technology, general collections cataloging, integrated library services, and East Carolina special collections cataloging for the East Carolina campus.

“Both during the early screening interview and during her visit to campus, Amanda’s creativity, curiosity, good humor and leadership experience impressed both the selection committee and library staff,” said Provost Michelle Mattson. “With deep Ohio roots and a background in private, residential liberal arts education, she also brings a personal commitment to Wittenberg’s educational mission and geography. We believe she will bring the right combination of skills and experience to lead the Thomas Library into the future and are delighted to welcome her to the Wittenberg community.”

At Wittenberg, McLellan will assume leadership of the Thomas Library and seek innovative, transformative, and strategic leadership to expand and enhance existing facilities and engage students and faculty, while the university continues to transform the facility into an academic learning community that supports a broad Offering academic and student support services.

Reporting to the Provost, McLellan works closely with Academic Affairs to develop a strategic plan for the library that aligns with ongoing institutional initiatives. McLellan will be responsible for library operations and facility administration, including technology, equipment and budget requirements.

“I am delighted to have been selected as the next director of the Thomas Library,” said McLellan. “This opportunity is a return to my roots, both to my birthplace Ohio and to a small liberal arts institution. As a graduate of DePauw University, I know firsthand the power of a liberal arts education, and my years spent in libraries of various sizes have helped me to understand the value and importance of a library for a university. I am amazed at the love and passion radiated from the staff and faculty I have met thus far, and I look forward to hitting campus and coming to Tiger Up alongside great students and colleagues.

“My first goal will be to get to know my new colleagues, ask questions and listen to get a feel for what’s working well and vice versa,” she added.

McLellan, who received her PhD in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University in December 2021, is currently an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois (U of I) in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, where she recently taught an online student course on race , gender and information technology. She has also taught introductory technology to library and information science for a graduate class in the School of Information Sciences at U of I, where she has been an adjunct professor since 2012.

McLellan earned a Masters of Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois in May 2008 and her Bachelor of Art History from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana. McLellan was the director of applications and digital services in East Carolina. In this role, she oversaw five full-time employees and fostered effective communication between library departments across campus and in the community while collaborating with colleagues to create and maintain metrics to measure, analyze and optimize user satisfaction for new and existing digitizations Development projects from 2016 to promotion to Associate Director of Discovery and Technology in 2019.

From 2013 to 2016, she was director of special collections and digital initiatives at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia, where she led the institutional repository, digital commons, digitization and special collections projects, rewrote the gift policy, worked directly with donors, and served in several libraries , University and Consortium Committees. McLellan also provided training, references, and instruction when needed, and served as a library liaison to multiple departments. From 2008 to 2013, she was the Digital Services Librarian at J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College in Richmond, Virginia, where she also taught Introduction to Computer Applications and Concepts, a three-credit course covering the foundations of computer and information literacy including MS Office covers , as a lecturer from 2010 to 2012.

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