Williams faculty, staff and students,

I’m delighted to inform you that, following a national search, Williams has hired a new Director of Libraries to replace Dave Pilachowski, who will retire at the end of June. Jonathan Miller, currently Library Director at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL, will begin work with us on July 31.

Jonathan earned his B.A. from Sheffield (U.K.) University in Political Theory and Institutions, his M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, and his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. Before his 11 years at Rollins he held progressive positions in the libraries at the Ohio State University, Augustana College in Illinois, and the University of Pittsburgh. He is active in the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and serves as treasurer of the Oberlin Group of liberal arts college libraries.

At Rollins, Jonathan and his staff established the college’s Olin Library as a critical contributor to academic life, partnering with the school’s Instructional Technologies team and Johnson Institute for Effective Teaching to better support teaching, learning and scholarship across campus; nurturing the college’s Tutoring and Writing Center; and refocusing and refurbishing the library to make it more appealing as a center for academic work and collaboration. For their efforts Jonathan and the Olin staff were honored with the 2013 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). I encourage you to read the ACRL’s award citation to get a richer sense of Jonathan’s vision and approach. You may also find his most recent published writings in the Rollins Online collection at http://bit.ly/2rN8mxj.

In accepting our position at Williams, Jonathan emphasized the appeal of working with our talented librarians and staff at Williams to build on the remarkable array of collections, services, technology, and spaces created under Dave’s leadership.

I want to thank all the members of the search committee—Barb Casey, Sonnet Coggins, Edan Dekel, Danielle Gonzales, Barron Koralesky, Dave Richardson, Jana Sawicki and Dorothy Wang—for their contributions to this highly successful search. In addition, I would like to extend a special thanks to the students, faculty, and staff who participated in the effort, and especially to our librarians and support staff for their valuable insights along the way.

Jonathan’s wife, Bethany Hicok, Professor of English and Director of the Honors Program at Westminster College, will join Williams as Lecturer in English in 2018. I look forward to their arrival this summer, and hope you’ll join me in welcoming Jonathan and Bethany to the Purple Valley.

Sincerely,

Dukes Love
Provost and Professor of Economics

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