Elliott Shore Takes New Position as Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries

Posted September 20th, 2012 at 10:05 am.

The following email was sent by Marge Pyle on behalf of President Jane McAuliffe to faculty, students, and staff on Monday, September 17:

Dear Members of the Bryn Mawr community,

In January 2013, Elliott Shore, Chief Information Officer and the Constance Adelaide Jones Director of Libraries and Professor of History, will begin a five-year, full-time position as the Executive Director of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL).  ARL comprises more than 125 of the major academic research libraries in the United States and Canada and is the principal professional organization for the most important university libraries, both public and private.  Elliott’s appointment to the leadership of this organization is a significant professional recognition of him and, by extension, of Bryn Mawr’s stature in the world of academic libraries, especially those that have markedly advanced the integration of digital and print resources.  Elliott is nationally known and respected for his work at the intersection of technology and information services and his expertise and experience in this work will be of great benefit to ARL.

Elliott received his Ph.D. from Bryn Mawr in 1984 and returned to the College in 1997 from the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton.  Over the past 15 years, Elliott has played an instrumental role in making the Tri-Co library system a national model for collaboration.  He has modernized and streamlined library operations by combining departments, realigning collections priorities, and adding new areas of collection development.

As Chief Information Officer, Elliott led Information Services through an era of unparalleled change and innovation.  He has completely overhauled the College’s core computing operations and has moved toward an unprecedented level of collaboration with Haverford College.  As a faculty member in the History Department, Elliott has regularly taught one course each semester.  Over the years, his “History of Philadelphia” has been a student favorite and has been so successful that Elliott is often asked to serve as an unofficial tour guide for students and their families.  Elliott’s “History of Women’s Education” was part of Bryn Mawr’s first 360° course cluster and a key component of the College’s 125th anniversary celebration.

Elliott has attracted dedicated and talented people to Information Services, assuring us a smooth transition until his successor is appointed. In January, Eric Pumroy will assume the responsibilities of Interim Chief Information Officer.  Eric was appointed the Seymour Adelman Head of Special Collections in 1999 and subsequently added the responsibilities that led to his appointment as Director of Library Collections.  In that role, he has been active in expanding the cooperative relationships among the Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore libraries, led the effort to make the College’s art and historical collections a more visible and active part of the community, and oversaw the planning of the Eva Jane Romaine Coombe ’52 Special Collections Suite in Canaday Library.  He was also the driving force behind the creation of the Albert M. Greenfield Center for the History of Women’s Education.  Janet Scannell, Director of Computing Services, will assist Eric in this transitional period in the areas of information technology.

In his remaining months with the College, Elliott will continue to advance the Task Force on Digital Bryn Mawr and, in collaboration with Willa Seldon, the Chair of the Task Force and a member of the Board of Trustees, will move towards developing a preliminary report to share with the campus community.  And he will also continue to support the important work with Haverford on the SEADs project.

While all of us can feel institutional pride in Elliott’s appointment to this prestigious position at ARL, we also recognize that his departure will be a genuine loss for the College.  He has done terrific work for Bryn Mawr and, speaking personally, he has been a wonderful colleague.  I will greatly miss the frequent conversations, both formal and informal, that I have enjoyed with Elliott and from which I have learned much about the fast-evolving future of technology and education.

Fortunately, Elliott has expressed a desire to remain connected with Bryn Mawr for which I am very grateful.  He is already making plans to conduct the summer workshop for postdoctoral fellows of the Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), where he is a Presidential Fellow, here at the College.  And we can all expect to see him from time to time as a guest lecturer on campus or taking some of our students and their parents on his well-liked tours of Philadelphia.  Later this fall we can also look forward to an event in Elliott’s honor at which we will thank him for his many contributions to Bryn Mawr and wish him well in his new position.
Yours sincerely,

Jane McAuliffe


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