Leadership Team

Library Director (vacant)
Mike Kelly
Susan Kimball
Este Pope
Missy Roser
Susan Sheridan

Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image



    From the group's charge:  The Library’s Assessment Group will strengthen our ability to make data-driven, evidence-based decisions and serve as a resource to all library departments. It will advise and assist individual departments, librarians, and staff in their planning, design, implementation, and interpretation of assessment projects.

    Membership as of 06/01/16

    Kelly Dagan
    Kristen Greenland
    Susan Kimball, chair

      Collection Development

      The Collection Development Group is a standing committee of librarians to:

      1. coordinate and refine the Library/academic department liaison program;
      2. actively participate in materials selection for the Library, and work closely with faculty and administrators to shape the collection;
      3. gather and standardize collection development information and serve as a forum for its exchange among liaisons;
      4. provide information to and advise the Librarian and the Library Committee on allocations and collection development policy.

      Membership as of 07/01/17

        Digital Programs

        From the group's charge: The Digital Programs Group provides input on the strategic direction and development of the library’s digital program.

        Membership as of 09/04/2019:

        Laura Evans
        Kate Gerrity

        Rachel Jirka
        Mike Kelly
        Alana Kumbier
        Tim Pinault
        Este Pope, chair
        Sara Smith
        Sarah Walden McGowan

        Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image


          Diversity & Inclusion

          The Amherst College Library is committed to diversity, inclusion, and equity which we see as central to fostering a work environment where everyone feels valued, and to providing the best possible services to our community. To this end, the Library Diversity and Inclusion Committee provides leadership and guidance on diversity and inclusion efforts in the library, working with partners on campus and in the Five Colleges as appropriate.

          Membership as of 7/1/19
          Suzie Bradley
          Laura Evans
          Alana Kumbier
          Mariah Leavitt

          Sara Smith, co-chair
          Sarah Walden McGowan, co-chair

          A list of committee activities can be found here

          The full charge for the committee and meeting minutes on the library staff intranet (for internal use only)


            The Program Committee coordinates the Library's non-instructional programming, including speakers, gallery exhibits, and social events.

            Contact the chair for further information.

            Membership as of 07/01/18:


             Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image


              From the group's charge:  The Space Committee evaluates the Library’s immediate space needs and recommends strategies to address them, with a goal of creating a more welcoming, comfortable and effective physical environment for Library users and staff.  The Space Enhancement and Design Group coordinates the process of setting priorities and developing projects that meet this goal.

              Membership as of 03/17/17:

              Group meeting notes on the library staff intranet image

                Scholarly Communication

                The Scholarly Communication Committee meets regularly to keep abreast of the issues shaping the communication of ideas in the world of scholarship, and who take responsibility for providing information on these issues to the broader Amherst College community. Its focus is on understanding the environment shaping scholarly communications and translating its implications helpfully and effectively to the community.

                The Committee will serve a number of interrelated purposes:

                • Stay current with changes in legal and technological issues shaping the flow of scholarly ideas, and provide information to the entire Amherst community on these matters (e.g., fair use; open access; metrics and altmetrics; the use and implications of Creative Commons licensing; etc.).
                • Develop policy for, and advocate the development of, the Amherst College Institutional Repository (“Octagon”).
                • Act as a source of informed guidance for both faculty and students on the use, development, and dissemination of scholarly work.
                • Develop relationships on behalf of Amherst College with the scholarly communications community in the Five Colleges area and beyond.


                Este Pope

                Other members of the Amherst College community may be asked to take part in the work of the committee as need and interest suggest.


                  From the group's charge: The Web Content & Integration Group provides overall leadership for the development and maintenance of the Amherst College Library’s Web presence.

                  Membership as of  09/18/19:

                  Christina Barber
                  Suzie Bradley
                  Kelly Dagan, co-chair
                  Bridget Dahill, co-chair
                  Blake Doherty
                  Jason Lefebvre
                  Johanna Radding

                  Committee meeting notes on the library staff intranet image


                    Faculty Library

                    Faculty Library Committee meeting minutes image

                    Membership as of 09/01/19

                    Professor Joseph Moore, chair
                    Professor Geoffrey Sanborn
                    Professor Ethan Temeles
                    Susan Kimball, Interim Library Director, ex officio