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D'Andraia to Succeed Butler as Dean and Director of University at Albany Libraries

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Frank D'Andraia

Frank D'Andraia

ALBANY, N.Y. (May 25, 2005) - Frank D'Andraia, dean of library services and professor of library science at the University of Montana, Missoula, has been named dean and director of the University Libraries at the University at Albany. He succeeds Meredith Butler, who will retire at the end of July after heading the UAlbany libraries for 16 years.

D'Andraia has been responsible for the leadership and administration of the University of Montana library, which consists of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library and the library of the university's Missoula College of Technology, since January 2000. In addition to overseeing the library's 1.5 million volumes, 21,000 print and electronic serials, and numerous other holdings, D'Andraia participated in university governance, development, and other administrative activities. He previously held positions at several other libraries, including those of the University of North Dakota, the University of California at Riverside, and the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. A member of several professional organizations, including the American Library Association and the Association of College & Research Libraries, D'Andraia has contributed to such publications as the Journal of Library Administration and Resource Sharing & Information Networks. He is a graduate of the University of Massachusetts and earned master's degrees from Northeastern University and Simmons College in Boston. He also did advanced study at the University of Michigan.

In response to the announcement of his appointment, D'Andraia said: "The University at Albany is a vigorous, student-centered, and community-focused institution, and the University Libraries reflect the institution's forward-looking goals. I am delighted to be joining the University at Albany administrative team, and I look forward to working with my colleagues within and outside of the libraries, and to becoming an active member of the community at large."

"Frank's vast experience in the field of library science will certainly benefit the University Libraries" said University at Albany President Kermit L. Hall. "Together, the University Library, the Dewey Library, and the Science Library contain more than two million volumes and rank among the top 100 research libraries in the United States. Under Frank D'Andraia's direction, these vital University at Albany facilities will continue to set the standard for other research libraries to follow."

D'Andraia's appointment is effective August 1, 2005.


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