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Dean Sara Baron to Leave Library after Ten Years of Service

Sara Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children's literature. Dean Baron addressing enthusiastic young library users at the 2014 Regent Reads summer festival of children’s literature.

At the end of August, Dr. Sara Baron will step down as dean of the University Library after ten years of faithful service at Regent. In September she will take up a new position as University Librarian at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh.

Dr. Baron arrived at Regent in August 2005 and has led the Library through a decade of transformational change. During her tenure as dean, the Library grew from a highly specialized institution supporting graduate study in a relatively small number of disciplines, to a university library with the goal of reflecting Thomas Jefferson’s vision for the Library of Congress that “there is in fact no subject to which a member of Congress may not have occasion to refer.”

Along with building the Library’s collections in many new disciplines, Dean Baron will be remembered for her enthusiastic support for cultural events that brought the Regent and Hampton Roads communities into the Library. Under her leadership, hundreds of students, faculty, and visitors attended events such as the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read, the St. John’s Bible Exhibit, Holocaust Remembrance Services, and the Living Word exhibition of Biblical manuscripts, to name only a few.

As she prepares for a new chapter in her life, Dr. Baron offered these reflections about her time at Regent: “The Library is a vital part of Regent University, and I am grateful for the opportunity to have been part of the Library team. It has been a joy watching the Library become more engaged with students, the local community, and the academic mission and goals of Regent. My time here has been a blessing personally and professionally, and I will truly miss all my wonderful colleagues and friends.”

The Library staff will miss our dear colleague and friend, but we rejoice that the Lord has opened a new opportunity and ministry in her life. Well done, and Godspeed, Sara!

Dean Baron inducted as President of the Catholic Library Association

At its annual convention in Houston, the Catholic Library Association inducted Dean Sara Baron as the organization’s 45th president. Dr. Baron, who credits the CLA with being a formative influence on her conception of library service, told the members that the Scripture guiding her two-year tenure would be Matthew 5:16 (Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven) and encouraged her fellow librarians to “let their light shine.”

The Library faculty and staff congratulate Dr. Baron as she begins this new ministry.

For more information, see Brett Wilson’s report for Regent News and Events.

Dean Sara Baron speaks at two national library conferences; Is inaugurated Vice-President/President-Elect of the Catholic Library Association

University Library Dean Sara Baron was selected for two peer-reviewed professional presentations at library conferences this spring. The Association of College and Research Libraries held its biannual conference in Philadelphia from March 30 to April 2. Dean Baron presented research findings from her dissertation in a talk entitled “The role of professional identity in building relationships between library and IT units” to roughly 100 attendees.

The Catholic Library Association held its annual convention in New Orleans from April 26 to April 29. Dean Baron’s presentation on “Social networking for bookworms: Using LibraryThing to connect, catalog, and converse,” was attended by close to 50 librarians and Catholic school educators from around the country. After 15 years as an active member of the Catholic Library Association, including the last two years as a member of the Executive Board, Baron was elected by the Association’s membership to serve as the Vice-PresidentPresident-Elect. An Inauguration Mass for new officers was held at historic St. Patrick’s Church in New Orleans on April 28, 2011.

Dean Sara Baron completes doctorate degree at University of Massachusetts Boston

Library Dean Sara Baron completed her dissertation in December 2010 and has been awarded the Ed. D. degree by the University of Massachusetts Boston.

On February 15, the Library staff threw a surprise breakfast party to congratulate Sara on this milestone.

Dr. Baron’s dissertation, Employee Perspectives of Library and Information Technology Mergers: The Recursiveness of Structure, Culture, and Agency may be accessed by Regent students, faculty and staff through the ProQuest Dissertations & Thesis database. Although it has only been available online since January, Sara reports that she has already received an inquiry about it from a doctoral student at the University of Missouri.