September 1, 2004
Director of Media Relations

AMHERST, Mass.- Sherre L. Harrington has been appointed as Amherst College's new Librarian of the College. She succeeds Willis Bridegam, who retired at the end of August after 29 years as Amherst's College Librarian. Harrington's appointment is effective September 1.

Harrington comes to Amherst from Vanderbilt University, where she worked since 1987. Her interests encompass women's studies and the social responsibility of the library, and she is an active member of the American Library Association.

Harrington has been a librarian at Vanderbilt for nearly 17 years, serving most recently (since 1998) as director of the Stevenson Science and Engineering Library at Vanderbilt. Prior to that, she was assistant director for public services at Vanderbilt's Central Library and Stevenson Library (1990-1998) and bibliographic instruction coordinator at Central Library (1987-1990).

Harrington also served as acting director of Vanderbilt's Anne Potter Wilson Music Library from 2000 to 2001. Before joining the Vanderbilt staff, Harrington was director of library services at the Salkehatchie campus of the University of South Carolina (1977-1987).

Harrington earned a B.A. 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.