Larry Alford to Head Temple University Libraries

Temple University President David Adamany has announced the appointment of Larry P. Alford to the newly created position of Vice Provost for Libraries and University Librarian. Alford is the current chair of the ALCTS Collection Management and Development Section.

As part of a major overhaul, Temple has created a federated library system that Larry, in the new position of vice provost for libraries and university librarian, will oversee beginning Feb. 15, 2005.

The prominence of Larry’s new position in the University represents Temple’s commitment to making its libraries more useful physical and virtual spaces to meet the needs of student and faculty researchers. A number of recent changes at Temple—a faculty-hiring binge, increasing academic rigor, and a blossoming residential population on Main Campus—mean that the libraries are facing many new demands. Under Alford’s leadership, meeting those demands is an exciting and energizing challenge.

Alford is currently Deputy University Librarian at University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He has worked at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for thirty years and earned his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in library science from UNC. He has participated in UNC’s University Management Development Program and the University of California at Los Angeles’ Senior Fellows Institute, and has been extensively involved in UNC’s “Documenting the American South” full-text digitization project. He also is a trustee of OCLC, a not-for-profit Ohio corporation serving more than 45,000 libraries in 84 countries.

More information about Larry Alford’s appointment is available at: www.temple.edu/temple_times/nmr/bw0411_092.html