Jeffrey G. Trzeciak, university librarian at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, has been named university librarian at Washington University in St. Louis, effective July 1, 2012, announced Provost Edward S. Macias, PhD, executive vice chancellor and the Barbara and David Thomas Distinguished Professor in Arts & Sciences.
Trzeciak replaces Shirley K. Baker, vice chancellor for scholarly resources and dean of University Libraries, who will retire after 23 years of service to WUSTL on June 30.
“Libraries are critically important to Washington University’s mission in supporting our strong programs of teaching and scholarship.” Macias says. “Library materials and the library’s role in our work are changing rapidly today.
“A strong search committee of faculty, students and staff, chose Jeff Trzeciak, who is very well-positioned to move our library in new directions needed to meet the challenges of the future.”
The 16-member search committee to identify candidates for the position of university librarian was chaired by Henry L. “Roddy” Roediger III, PhD, the James S. McDonnell Distinguished University Professor and dean of academic planning in Arts & Sciences.
“Jeff Trzeciak stood out in our search from the start because of his innovative uses of technology and his ability to integrate the McMaster library with many departments and programs on campus” Roediger says. “The search committee felt that Jeff was the right person to lead the Washington University Libraries into the future.”
As university librarian at WUSTL, Trzeciak will manage University Libraries’ $25 million annual budget, more than 135 professional and support staff, and collections and service points in nine locations on the Danforth and West campuses.
Trzeciak also will provide leadership and develop and implement strategic plans that continue the integration of the libraries into the intellectual life of the university. He will collaborate with others throughout the university to help University Libraries meet the constantly changing needs of the academic community.