CORAL GABLES, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The University of Miami Has Named Charles D. Eckman as Dean of Libraries. The University of Miami Libraries rank among the top 50 research libraries in North America, offering students, faculty, staff and the surrounding community vastly comprehensive resources of information that support and enhance the research, teaching and learning initiatives of the University.
Dr. Eckman, who is currently Dean of Library Services and University Librarian at Simon Fraser University in British Colombia, Canada, will assume his new post on December 1. He replaces William D. Walker, who held the position since 2003 before stepping down in May to rejoin the faculty.
“We are delighted Dr. Eckman is joining the University of Miami family,” said UM President Donna E. Shalala. “He has an impressive track record as an innovative research librarian, and will be instrumental in our continued rise as one of the best library resources in the Southeastern United States.”
“Following a national search that considered distinguished candidates from major research libraries in the country, it became clear that Charles Eckman was an unusually experienced and scholarly librarian, whose collaborative leadership style perfectly suits the needs of the University of Miami,” said UM Executive Vice President and Provost Thomas J. LeBlanc. “In the rapidly changing world of research libraries, the university will need leadership that is equally comfortable with the scholarly traditions of the past and the digital technologies that will define the future. I am pleased that we have found such a leader in Dr. Eckman.”
Anchored by the Otto G. Richter Library, on the Coral Gables campus, the Libraries provide broad resources in all areas and disciplines, and include special collections housed in the University Archives, the Special Collections, and the Cuban Heritage Collection, that consist of an outstanding array of scholarly primary and secondary source materials. They also facilitate and support research programs for both undergraduates and graduate students.
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