New York State Library Head to Succeed Cronin

By Sandra Howe
Staff Writer

University President J. Donald Monan, SJ, has appointed Jerome Yavarkovsky, director of the New York State Library, as Boston College's new University Librarian. He will assume the post on Sept. 1.

"Mr. Yavarkovsky has a full range of experience in developing both the technological resources as well as the collections and services of research libraries and is a respected voice in Association of Research Libraries circles," said Fr. Monan in announcing the appointment.

As director of the New York State Library in Albany, Yavarkovsky reports to the state librarian and is responsible for planning, policy development and management of the research library's staff of 200 and more than 2.2 million volumes and 5.7 million microforms. Under his leadership, the library - which serves government staff, businesses, and university students, faculty and researchers - went through a dramatic transformation both physically and technologically.

Yavarkovsky oversaw architectural improvements and a restructuring of the collections to make them more accessible. He also directed the planning and implementation of a networked client-server system supporting the on-line catalog, circulation, reserves, acquisitions and serials control.

"In recent years there have been many exciting developments nationally and internationally in the use of the Internet in teaching and learning, and libraries are playing a more important role than ever in facilitating the use of networking technology and organizing network resources on college campuses," he said.

"I look forward to helping the faculty use the network resources available and in working closely with Information Technology to apply pedagogy at Boston College."

Yavarkovsky said he manages a library like an enterprise, where individuals work together to help the teaching and research missions of the institution. The centrality of the Boston College Libraries' role in the mission of the University and the sense of community on campus attracted him to BC, he said.

"I want the library staff at Boston College to feel excited, motivated and get satisfaction from the role they play on campus," he said. "And I expect everybody to grow professionally and reach their highest potential."

Yavarkovsky holds a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, a master's degree in management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a master's degree in library service from Columbia University.

In addition to working at New York State Library, he served in a variety of professional roles - including assistant university librarian for planning - in the libraries of Columbia University from 1969 to 1983 and was dean of libraries at Adelphi University from 1983 to 1985.

Yavarkovsky is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Dudley Observatory Board of Trustees, the MIT Corp. Visiting Committee on the Libraries, and the OCLC Online Computer Library Center, Inc. Research Libraries Advisory Committee. He also serves on the Journal of Library Administration editorial board and has published numerous articles.

Yavarkovsky will replace Mary Cronin, University Librarian since 1986. Cronin, who led the BC library system into the technological era, will join the Carroll School of Management faculty in September.

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