Dean of Libraries Barbara Dewey elected to serve as SOLINET delegate to OCLC
May 20, 2005

Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries at the University of Tennessee since 2000, will represent academic libraries in the Southeastern U.S. and the Carribean and assist with improving access to the world’s information.

Dewey was among those elected to the Southeastern Library Network (SOLINET) delegation to the Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) Members Council at SOLINET’s Annual Membership Meeting this May in Atlanta. SOLINET is a network of 2,600 libraries that works to strengthen libraries and the communities they support. OCLC is a nonprofit, membership, computer library service and research organization dedicated to the public purposes of furthering access to information worldwide and reducing information costs.

In explaining the significance of the SOLINET delegation to the OCLC Members Council, Dewey said, “SOLINET has some of the most innovative libraries in the world, and we play an instrumental role in guiding OCLC towards the most effective programs to support our faculty, students, patrons, and staff as we make dramatic changes in the way we acquire and access information resources.” Dewey is Chair of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Committee, President of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), and member of the Board of the New Media Consortium.

Here are the complete election results from SOLINET:

Carol Pitts Diedrichs, Dean of Libraries, University of Kentucky
William Miller, Director of Libraries, Florida Atlantic University

Barbara Dewey, Dean of Libraries, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
John Ulmschneider, University Librarian, Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries
Lamar Veatch, State Librarian, Georgia Public Library Service

In addition, the Board of Directors elected the following OFFICERS
Chair, James Nelson, State Librarian and Commissioner, Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives
Vice Chair: Robert Vaughan, Virginia Foundation for the Humanities
Secretary/Treasurer: Pat Pickard, DeKalb County Public Schools, GA.

Founded in 1973, SOLINET is a non-profit membership organization serving more than 2600 libraries of all types and sizes in ten Southeastern states and the Caribbean. Primary programs are OCLC Services, Preservation & Access, Electronic Databases, Library Products, Digital Services, Educational Services, and Consulting. For further information, click here to visit the SOLINET Web site.