Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Best Wishes & Congratulations to Ray English!


Ray English retires at the end of this month, after serving for 25 years as Azariah Smith Root Director of Libraries.  Ray came to Oberlin in 1979 as Head Reference Librarian, then served as Associate Director of Libraries from 1986-1990.  He has led the college libraries through a period of enormous change.  Under his leadership, Oberlin earned the 2002 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL).  In presenting him the Academic Research Librarian of the Year award in 2006, ACRL praised his "advocacy for open access to the results of scholarly research" and acknowledged his leadership of its Scholarly Communications Program and with the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).  In 2009 Ray received the Hugh Atkinson Memorial Award that recognizes “an eminent librarian and leader” in the academic library profession.  More about Ray’s many accomplishments as library director can be found in the Fall 2014 issue of the Library Perspectives newsletter.  His last day in the office will be Thursday, June 25.  The library staff wishes Ray a well-deserved and productive retirement!
 PHOTOGRAPH BY JEONG HYUN HWANG

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