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New Library Dean Named

By Jody Record, Campus Journal Editor
December 19, 2007

Sherry Vellucci, a professor of library science at Rutgers University’s School of Communication, Information and Library Science and the former director of the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University, has been selected as the new library dean.

Vellucci, a faculty member at Rutgers since 2004, was a visiting professor at Victoria University of Wellington School of Information Management in Wellington, New Zealand in 2005. She holds a Ph.D from Columbia University.

“The appointment of Dr. Vellucci as the next Dean of the Library is great news. The search committee reviewed the credentials of many outstanding candidates and clearly selected the best one,” said Provost Bruce Mallory. “Dr. Vellucci's depth of experience, her national and international leadership roles, and her knowledge of technology applications are just the attributes that our evolving university requires.”

Prior to joining Rutgers, Vellucci was director of the Division of Library and Information Science at St. John’s University in New York from 2001 to 2004. She also served on the teaching faculty at St. John’s from 1992 to 2004, and as the director of the university’s Digital Library Planning Initiative. From 1983 to 1992, Vellucci was director of library and media services at Westminster Choir College, a college of music in Princeton, New Jersey.

Described as one of the world’s leading cataloging theoreticians, Vellucci is the author of “Bibliographic Relationships in Music Catalogs,” a book called groundbreaking in understanding the complexities of music cataloging and the impact of these complexities on the structure of the catalog.

She is the co-author with Jerry D. Saye of “Notes In The Catalog Record Based On AACR2 And LC Rule Interpretations” and is a contributor to several other books as well as the author of various articles and reference materials.

In addition to her teaching in New Zealand, Vellucci has taught workshops and given presentations in Vietnam, Italy, Switzerland, Scotland, France and Canada.

Vellucci is an editorial board member for the Cataloging and Classification Quarterly and a past board member of the New York Library Club and the New York Metropolitan Library Council. She also served as president of the International Association of Music Libraries, United States branch, and as a board member and treasurer of the Music Library Association.

She is advisory board co-chair of the ALISE/ALCTS Metadata Education and Research Information Commons and is a member of the American Library Association, the International Association of Music Libraries, the Music Library Association, the American Society for Information Science and Technology, the Special Libraries Association, the New York Technical Services Librarians and a past member of the Music OCLC Users Group.

“I am truly thrilled to be part of the UNH community. The position of library dean is an exciting opportunity to lead a dynamic academic library at an interesting and challenging time of change and innovation,” Vellucci said.

When asked if she had any concerns about taking on the harsh New England winters Vellucci replied “although I grew up in New Jersey, I have strong ties to New England. My father came from Cambridge, Massachusetts, where early in my career I worked at the Cambridge Public Library. My parents retired to Hampton, New Hampshire, and my brother lived in Madbury, New Hampshire and Eliot and South Berwick, Maine. This position affords me the opportunity to return to an area that I love and where I already feel at home.”

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