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Sherre L. Harrington

Librarian of the College, 2004 -


On June 21, 2004, Gregory S. Call, Dean of the Faculty, announced the appointment of Sherre L. Harrington as Amherst’s new Librarian of the College, effective September 1, 2004.

Sherre Harrington
by Daniel DuBois

Sherre L. Harrington to be new Librarian of the College.

Sherre will come to us from Vanderbilt University, where she has had a long and illustrious career as a librarian. Her interests encompass women’s studies and the social responsibility of the library, and she is an active member of the American Library Association. Sherre emerged from an outstanding nationwide pool of applicants as the unanimous and enthusiastic choice of the Search Committee, and President Marx and I were delighted to accept their recommendation. The committee was impressed with Sherre’s strong grasp of the place of the library within the liberal arts context and with her vision of the library’s mission within the campus and the larger world. She will bring to her new role an understanding of the importance of traditional library resources that is coupled with a commitment to integrating technology.

Since 1998, Sherre has served as director of the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library at Vanderbilt, where she has also been acting director of the Anne Potter Wilson Music Library (2000-2001), assistant director for public services at Central Library and Stevenson Library (1990-1998), and bibliographic instruction coordinator at Central library (1987-1990). Before joining the Vanderbilt community, Sherre was director of library services at the Salkehatchie campus of the University of South Carolina (1977-1987). Sherre earned a bachelor of arts degree in English language and literature from the University of South Carolina in 1976 and a master of librarianship degree from the University of South Carolina’s College of Librarianship in 1977.