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Dickinson College Announces New Head of Library Services

Amy Ward comes to Dickinson to serve as dean of library services.

Amy Ward to begin in new role Aug. 1

A newly hired administrator joins Dickinson this year to lead the Waidner-Spahr Library and its work as the college's intellectual hub. Amy Ward will serve as Dickinson's new dean of library services, beginning Aug. 1, and will report to the provost as part of the college’s academic-affairs team.  

Ward brings a deep well of relevant knowledge and experience in library science, higher-ed administration and digital scholarship to her post. She was awarded a master’s degree in library science, with a concentration in music history, by the University of Buffalo–SUNY and attained a bachelor’s degree in music theory from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champlain. After working in a variety of roles at Gettysburg College, including cataloging librarian, liaison librarian to the Sunderman Conservatory of Music and director of technical service, she currently serves as associate dean of libraries at West Chester University, a role she began in 2016.

In her new role, Ward will develop and implement a student-focused plan for the library that dovetails with the college’s overarching strategic plan and will supervise and lead the library’s staff. As part of this work, she intends to identify collaborations between the library and other campus departments and centers, and between the library and the wider world, with an eye toward new and emerging opportunities for collaboration.

“A 21st-century academic library is uniquely positioned at the intersection of the academic mission and student life,” Ward says. “My vision is to be an effective leader to a strong and talented team of library staff.”

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Published June 17, 2022