University of Rochester's Wilder to Lead J. Murrey Atkins Library

Monday, July 27, 2009

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – July 27, 2009 - Stanley Wilder, associate dean, River Campus Libraries, University of Rochester, has been named UNC Charlotte’s university librarian. His appointment is effective Aug. 1.

According to Joan Lorden, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs, Wilder “is highly respected as a thought leader for the profession [in academic research libraries]” and is known by his colleagues “as an innovator who has removed barriers to access library resources.”

Wilder said he was impressed with the level of support Atkins Library received from University leaders and across campus. “The UNC Charlotte community clearly loves its library and understands how a strong library contributes to teaching and research. Inside the library and out, UNC Charlotte exudes a strong sense of aspiration, a committed resolve to be great. All of this speaks well for the work that brought the University to this point and prospects for success in the future. I am honored to have become a part of it.”

As university librarian, Wilder will oversee the vision, services and technology for the J. Murrey Atkins Library as it adapts to the University’s emerging needs of a student population projected to increase to 35,000 by 2020.

Implementing a strong engagement approach with faculty, staff, students and the community, Wilder has successful experience in areas such as collection development, digital scholarship, scholarly communications and fund raising. He currently oversees a $3 million project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that will result in, according to Wilder, an “open source search system unifying retrieval of print and electronic scholarship.”

Prior to his work at the University of Rochester, Wilder served as assistant dean for technical and financial services and assistant to the dean for administrative services at the Louisiana State University Libraries.

About UNC Charlotte
A public research university, UNC Charlotte is the fourth largest campus among the 17 institutions of The University of North Carolina system. It is the largest institution of higher education in the Charlotte region offering doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s programs. Fall 2008 enrollment numbered 23,300 students, including nearly 5,000 graduate students.
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About J. Murrey Atkins Library
Serving over 23,300 students, 900 full-time faculty, its staff and the greater Charlotte community, Atkins Library is UNC Charlotte’s main University Library. With the addition of the Charles C. Hight Architectural Library as its first branch library in 2007, both facilities serve the University’s vast and growing academic research initiatives. The library currently houses over 1,046,000 volumes and approximately 43,500 unique print and electronic serial subscriptions, with 24/7 digital access. A member of the Association of Southeastern Libraries (ASERL), its General Collection includes strengths in Applied Mathematics, NASA, Late 19th century/early 20th world atlases, Business, Engineering, History, English and Religion.

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Public Relations media contact: Buffie Stephens, 704.687.5830, dbsteph1@uncc.edu.