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Terry Metz Named University Librarian at W&L

Terry Metz, library director and a professor at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, R.I., has been named University librarian at Washington and Lee University.

Metz’s appointment, announced by Robert Strong, interim provost at Washington and Lee, is effective Sept. 1. Selected at the conclusion of a national search, Metz succeeds Merrily Taylor, who retired in 2010.

As University librarian, he will be responsible for the overall administration of Leyburn Library and the Telford Science Library.

“Terry Metz is energetic, articulate and well versed in the challenges that face academic libraries at liberal arts colleges and graduate universities,” said Strong. “He will be an outstanding addition to the excellent staff who currently serve the growing and complicated information needs of our university community.”

Metz has been the library director at the U.S. Naval War College since September 2009. In that capacity, he leads the college’s Henry E. Eccles Library and the Naval Historical Collection (NHC).

Prior to his current post at the U.S. Naval War College, Metz was associate vice president, and later vice president, for library and information services at Wheaton College, in Norton, Mass. In that role he oversaw the college’s library and information technology operations. Before arriving at Wheaton, he held various positions in the library and computing units at Carleton College, Northfield, MN, including interim appointments as both college librarian and director of administrative computing.

Prior to his employment at Carleton, Metz worked as consortium manager for the Cooperating Libraries in Consortium (CLIC), a library consortium of seven private colleges and universities in Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minn. He began his library career at Hamline University in St. Paul.

A graduate of Gustavus Adolphus College, Metz received his M.A. in library science from the University of Minnesota. He participated as a Frye Leadership Institute Fellow at Emory University in 2000. He has been active in the Association of College and Research Libraries, EDUCAUSE, and the Council on Library and Information Resources.

Professionally, Metz is particularly interested in issues related to integrating campus information services (e.g., libraries, information technology units, media services, etc.); developing the staff of these organizations; assessing and benchmarking library and information technology services; enhancing library and information technology support of learning, teaching, and research; and fostering collaborative library and information technology initiatives among institutions of higher education.

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