Organizational Changes Position Emory Libraries and Carlos Museum for Even More Innovation

With new management on board, Emory Libraries and the Michael C. Carlos Museum announced organizational changes, effective October 1.

“As I considered our organizational structure, a guiding principle for me has been consistency and stability, as well as positioning Emory Libraries and the Carlos Museum to build on our successes and engage in campus initiatives. such as AI.Humanity, Student Flourishing, and Emory Arts,” says Valeda F. DentVice Provost of Libraries and Museums, who started this new position in July.

A key objective in creating Dent’s position was to advancing shared discovery and curation of the university’s extraordinary collections while continuing to expand access, programming, and community engagement. Dent came to Emory from Hunter College at the City University of New York, where she served as Acting Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs as well as Vice President for Student Success and Innovation. in learning. Seeing libraries and museums as centers of community empowerment and civic responsibility, Dent has taken decisive steps to make the Carlos Libraries and Museum leaders in these areas.

Structural Changes in Emory Libraries

Lisa Maclin, who served as Acting Dean and University Librarian from November 2021 to June 2022 and continued in an administrative position during a three-month transition from June to September 30, 2022, continues in this role with the title of Vice -Associate Rector and University Librarian, reporting to Dent. She previously served as Associate Dean for Research, Engagement and Scholarly Communications (RESC).

Kim Collins, who served as acting head of the RESC, is now its permanent head. In this role, Collins leads three teams of specialized librarians for the humanities and international studies as well as for the sciences and social sciences. They offer a portfolio of services to faculty and students for teaching, learning and research; collection management; evaluation and user experience; and the Office of Scholarly Communications. She is also the Art History and Classics Librarian who serves the library needs of the curators of the Carlos Museum and the High Museum of Art.

“Kim is uniquely qualified to lead the RESC division and the expert librarians and information professionals who evaluate, improve and transform library education; research experience; and scholarly communications, as well as building and maintaining distinctive and strong collections,” says Macklin.

Macklin will have overall responsibility for Libraries, with the following leaders reporting to him with newly aligned titles:

Two others will report directly to Dent: Michael Williamson, who will serve as business manager for Carlos Libraries and Museum; and Leslie Wingate, Director of Campus and Community Relations. These units will continue to support libraries and key initiatives within the Carlos Museum.

Create greater public programming capacity at the Carlos Museum

At the Carlos Museum, the Exhibitions and Education and Marketing and Communications departments have been merged to create a new specialty area focused on the creation, promotion and delivery of public programs.

“Combining our audience-facing businesses into a single unit is an important first step on the road to refining and refining our audience program offerings,” says Henry S. Kim, deputy vice-rector and director of the museum. “By making this change, I expect to see programs that speak to themselves better, that can be marketed to a wider audience, and that seek to be even more relevant to the university and the public.”

To lead this newly created unit, Elizabeth Hornor has been appointed the museum’s Associate Director for Public Programs. She previously served as Ingram’s senior director of education and, from June to August 2022, served as the museum’s acting director.

“Elizabeth is someone who has demonstrated tremendous talent for creating programs and championing the role of the museum within the university and the community. In her expanded portfolio, she will be able to amplify her work and begin to identify areas of program focus that will help shape our future,” says Kim.

Katie Ericson will be promoted to director of education at Ingram. She served as Senior Director of School and Volunteer Programs and was recently recognized by the Southeastern Museum Conference as the 2022 Emerging Professional of the Year.

According to Hornor, “Katie is one of the most knowledgeable and committed museum educators in the region. We are delighted that she is stepping into this important role as Carlos looks to the future.

A program manager will also be appointed as part of the restructuring, to provide valuable project management skills and increase the unit’s capacity in program delivery.

Progress – and more to come

“This emerging structure will, over time, help improve and streamline some of our internal work, and eventually allow the Carlos Libraries and Museum to redirect energies and expertise for greater focus on areas such as community engagement, promoting equality and equity, and as public programming,” says Dent.

Future organizational changes will focus on a convergence of expertise, ideas, infrastructure and innovation for the Carlos Museum and the Libraries.

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