Butler Named Distinguished Librarian by SUNY Trustees
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Meredith Butler, director of the University Libraries and dean of the
Library Faculty at the University at Albany, was appointed the State
University of New York's first Distinguished Librarian by the SUNY Board
of Trustees at their meeting last month.
The Distinguished Librarian rank honors and promotes the achievement
of personal excellence, groundbreaking professional progress, and wide-ranging
benefit to the academic community. This rank parallels the Distinguished
Professor rank. By extending its "Distinguished" ranks to the library
faculty, the State University of New York assumes national leadership
within the academy by becoming the first university system to so encourage
and foster the full potential of the faculty status of librarians.
Chancellor Robert L. King said, "Libraries are central to the mission
of higher education. We are pleased to honor Dean Butler for her groundbreaking
achievements and we look forward to honoring future recipients of this
important new designation."
In nominating Butler for the award, University President Karen R. Hitchcock
said, "While Dean Butler has served the majority of her professional
career at the University at Albany, her contributions transcend the
boundaries of the Albany campus. Through her professional service and
research, she has had substantial impact on the theory, practice, and
development of librarianship throughout New York State and the nation."
State University Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas F. Egan said, "We
are pleased to honor Dean Butler as the first in her field to be elevated
to the rank of Distinguished Librarian. She is a distinguished scholar
and an innovator in the fast-changing world of library science."
Butler's efforts have been instrumental in guiding the campus into
the information age. She has been the principal leader in planning and
introducing automated technologies in the University Libraries and has
been at the forefront in helping the University develop the necessary
infrastructure for full participation in the global information community.
Butler also provided critical direction and oversight for planning
and construction of the University's new Science and Technology Library,
an electronic library that will be an enormously important asset for
the campus and the Capital Region. In addition, she provided leadership
and coordination for the University's Campaign for the Libraries, which
raised $3.5 million to complete the new facility.
"I have the great fortune as a librarian and a research library administrator
to have worked with so many knowledgeable and talented colleagues at
Albany, within SUNY, and in the broader professional community," Butler
Her publications are highly respected contributions to her field. Butler's
most recent publication is a co-edited volume, The Economics of Information
in the Networked Environment. She also edited the volume, User-Centered
Organizations: Imperatives for Organizational Change (1994). She
is currently preparing a book of case studies on fundraising for academic
Butler joined UAlbany in 1981 as assistant director for planning and
resource development in the University Libraries. Throughout the development
of her administrative career, she has been increasingly active as a
leader in her profession and holds the rank of Full Librarian, equal
to Full Professor. Butler has a joint appointment in UAlbany's School
of Information Science and Policy, where she has taught a graduate course.
Albany's University Libraries are among the top 100 research libraries
in the country. The University Library and the newly opened Science
Library on the Uptown Campus, and the Thomas E. Dewey Graduate Library
of Public Affairs and Policy on the Downtown Campus contain two million
volumes, subscribe to 5,276 periodicals, and provide access to 2.7 million
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January 4, 2001
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