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Welcome Dean of Libraries, Bryn Geffert

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Monday, August 26, 2019

Dean of Libraries, Bryn Geffert

The Libraries welcome Dr. Bryn Geffert to the role of Dean. Geffert previously held leadership roles in libraries at Amherst College, the United States Military Academy at West Point, and St. Olaf College. He brings academic and teaching expertise in Russian history and studies.

Geffert is excited to join an institution combining the teaching and faculty-student relationships typically found at a liberal arts college with the scholarship and resources of a major research university. "There is no better place to be a librarian," he said, "than at an institution holding this dual commitment."

As a strong advocate for libraries’ evolving roles in disseminating research, he says, "This is both a fraught and an exciting time in scholarly communication, and libraries should stand in the vanguard of reform. I look forward to working with colleagues to explore how UVM can play a leading role in adopting and crafting models that make the academy's research available to everyone, everywhere, regardless of means."

Mara Saule’s July 2019 retirement as Dean of Libraries leaves a record of exceptional service to the University of Vermont in many diverse roles, including nearly 20 years as Dean.

During her tenure, Saule oversaw significant changes, from transformations of the Libraries’ physical spaces to the development of unique digital resources that make UVM’s research collections available to a global audience. Under her guidance the library established faculty and philanthropic advisory boards to ensure strong partnerships. Her work as a consultant to libraries around the world and as an accreditation evaluator throughout New England has connected UVM to institutions near and far.

Saule says, “While it is bittersweet to say good-bye to the workplace I’ve called home, I do so with a renewed sense of optimism and excitement for what’s to come. I know the Libraries will be in capable hands with a new Dean and the fabulous faculty and staff I’ve been so fortunate to work alongside.”