John Saylor Named Associate University Librarian


John Saylor Named Associate University Librarian

New Appointment Completes Cornell University Library’s Senior Management Team

ITHACA, N.Y. (Dec.16, 2008) – John Saylor will become the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections. His appointment is effective Feb. 1, 2009.

Saylor will be responsible for collection development, scholarly communications and special collections throughout the entire Cornell University Library system. This position acknowledges the growing importance of special collections in defining the Library’s holdings.

“A search that reached around the globe revealed that the very best candidate for the position of Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Resources and Special Collections was an internal one,” said Anne R. Kenney, Carl A. Kroch University Librarian.

Saylor is a 35-year veteran at Cornell University Library, previously serving as the director of the Engineering Library and principal investigator for multiple large-scale projects. For the past three years, he has managed the Library's materials budget and collection development responsibilities, working closely with selectors system-wide.

“I'm looking forward to working with my colleagues in all areas of the Library, as well as faculty, students and administrators in advancing the education, research and community service goals of the university,” Saylor said. “I bring to the Library a genuine service ethic and desire to work collaboratively on institutional goals and issues.”

Saylor also works with publishers to get the best possible return on the Library's investment in critical scholarly resources and has led successful initiatives in digital library development and scholarly communications. His leadership in the field of engineering librarianship was recognized last year when the Engineering Libraries Division of the American Society for Engineering Education awarded him the Homer I. Bernhardt Distinguished Service Award.

Saylor’s appointment completes the transition to the new senior leadership team at Cornell University Library, which was announced earlier this year.

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