Dr. Elinor Foster has been named dean of library services for Sampson –Livermore Library at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke.
Under a new management organization, Susan Whitt is assistant dean for collection management and acquisitions, and Cindy Saylor is assistant dean for research services and systems.
Dr. Foster, whose former title was University Librarian, has directed the library for 10 years.
Whitt will manage the library’s collection, including books, serials and electronic databases. Saylor will manage the library’s public services, as well as continue to coordinate all electronic technologies associated with library service.
UNCP’s sixth and newest dean, Dr. Foster was already a member of the Council of Deans, said Dr. Charles Harrington, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.
“Elevating Dr. Foster to the position of dean is a recognition of her contribution to the intellectual and academic mission of this University,” Dr. Harrington said. “Her administrative acumen, visionary leadership, and collegial character are testament to her qualifications for this title.”
“Dr. Foster is a critical element of our leadership team in Academic Affairs and I am delighted that we can now properly recognize her role,” he said. “With the recent reorganization of the Sampson-Livermore Library, I expect that Dean Foster and her staff will be able to respond more effectively and efficiently to our current and future challenges with library and information resources.”
Dr. Foster said the new organizational structure of the library would serve it well going forward.
“It is a great honor to have the title of dean conferred upon me,” Dr. Foster said. “The reorganization will aid us as we go forward to meet the challenges that face the future of libraries in higher education.”
The library has 32 employees and an annual budget of approximately $2 million. Dr. Foster managed the library in an era of expanded hours and improved service while meeting the challenges of electronic access to library resources. The future holds many challenges for libraries, she said.
“Our library has been able to add important computing and informational resources and to plan for new staff to provide services that our patrons require,” Dr. Foster said. “It continues to be evident that our library is a place people like to visit to consult with our staff and to use library resources.”
“For the future, we must remain an aggressive collecting agency for information resources in traditional settings and for our constituents in an increasingly technological environment,” she said. “The future bodes well for Sampson-Livermore Library due to its inclusion in the overall growth pattern of the greater University and the dedicated and knowledgeable staff we have been able to attract.”
Dr. Foster received a doctorate in higher education administration and a Master of Library Science degree from UNC Greensboro and an undergraduate degree from Wake Forest University. She has worked in the public schools, and in community college and university settings.
Saylor came to UNCP in 1996 as a reference and instructional services librarian, and in 2002 was named systems librarian, in charge of managing the library’s website and electronic services.
“I am honored to be named to this new position and excited about the possibilities afforded by the library’s new organizational structure,” Saylor said. “Both Susan and I hope our leadership and experience will assist Dr. Foster and our dedicated library staff with providing our growing constituency with seamless access to desired information and services at the point of need, regardless of the origin of the request.”
Saylor received a Master’s in Library and Information Studies from UNC Greensboro and a Bachelor of Arts from the current University of Virginia’s College at Wise.
Whitt came to UNCP in 1990 as an automated public services librarian and served in reference and instruction services and, most recently, in acquisitions and collection development.
“I appreciate Dr. Foster providing me the opportunity to be a part of the library’s reorganization in this era of growth and change,” Whitt said. “It is a privilege to oversee the addition of resources needed by students, faculty, and staff, and I look forward to helping develop the best library collection available.”
Whitt is a graduate of UNC Greensboro and received a Master of Library Science from N.C. Central University. Whitt’s professional experience is diverse, including public libraries, public schools and community college settings.
For more information about the library, please call 910.521.6212 or go online to www.uncp.edu/library/.